From Facebook to Policebook 22:18 Feb 03 0 comments
The French Plan to recognize “Rojava” 23:11 Jan 15 2 comments
The Ben Stimson Case: Prosecuted in UK For Fighting Fascism in Ukraine 23:09 Nov 20 0 comments
Social Media as a Tool of Hybrid Warfare; The Case of Syria 01:47 Aug 29 1 commentsmore >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
UK Saker Community members: Sheikh Imran Hosein will be lecturing in the UK in Aug/Sept! Sat Aug 18, 2018 00:06 | The Saker
Solari Report quarterly interview with The Saker Fri Aug 17, 2018 19:57 | The Saker
Filling the Vacuum Fri Aug 17, 2018 16:20 | The Saker
?The Death of Yazdgerd?: The greatest political movie ever explains Iran?s revolution Fri Aug 17, 2018 16:15 | The Saker
Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions ? the Final Demise of the Dollar Hegemony? Fri Aug 17, 2018 16:08 | The Saker
News on Human Rights
Traveller Community in Galway Fri Aug 03, 2018 18:03 | Human Rights
Maldives Remain UK Priority Thu Jul 19, 2018 13:09 | Human Rights
US Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Thu Jul 19, 2018 13:06 | Human Rights
Returning Refugees Greece Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:56 | Human Rights
Australia Immigrants English Speaking Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:54 | Human Rights
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Being nerd? 12:35 Sat Aug 18, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Is this the least attractive new building in Dublin? 11:28 Sat Aug 18, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Sean O?Casey Festival ? September 2018, East Wall 10:32 Sat Aug 18, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? Gasper Nali 07:28 Sat Aug 18, 2018 | irishelectionliterature
Attitudes in the North to Brexit 12:17 Fri Aug 17, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017
IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
Seanad Referendum - a camouflaged erosion of Constitutional rights?
The coming referendum on the abolishment of Seanad Éireann would, if passed, remove the existing constitutional right of the President to refer proposed Bills to the people for a referendum. It would pass the initial responsibility of passing Bills into law onto the Dáil alone - a dangerous development, particularly where any ruling party might hold an overall majority.A vote to abolish the Seanad would in fact pass most law making decisions that impact upon the people to the Dáil alone, passing such responsibility to a single parliamentary body, thus removing existing safeguards meant to protect against the introduction of unconstitutional or politically or otherwise motivationally biased law.
Abolition of the Seanad would mean that a single body, the Dáil, will be responsible for passing any new laws through parliament, which must then be signed into law by the President.
However, the existing constitutional right of the President to refer any Bill to the people for referendum will be removed from the Constitution.
With access to justice slowly being priced out of the reach of the ordinary citizen and making individual public legal challenges prohibitively expensive, this is a move that will result in the passing of extraordinary measures of unchecked power to the Dáil.
Although this aspect of the referendum is considered important enough to be detailed in the initial section of the Referendum Commission's public information booklet, it only appears on a secondary page of 'other changes' on the Referendum Commission's website and does not appear in the list of 'Main Changes'. One might wonder why, when this is a move that effectively removes the right of the people to decide on important changes in law that directly affects them.
Perhaps someone may care to comment or throw additional light on this.