Democratic Reform is not a political party, it is an idea which can be supported by individuals, independent politicians, activists and does not exclude political parties. The only requirement is a belief in democracy and a willingness to give voice through the Constitution to the right of the Irish people to determine our own political, economic, and cultural future.
“Constitutional Democracy is the best system of government in the world. Government by the majority within agreed rules. Democratic because of its foundations in government by popular consent, but where the powers of the government to manage our affairs are regulated by a Constitution. Otherwise a government with a simple majority could ignore the rights of minorities
Democratic Reform proposes a new constitution which demands a truly representative government, and which would restore accountability of the Irish government to the Oireachtas. Despite countless reports and 35 Referendum not one of which proposed reform to the government and a further 8 referendum which we are promised in the near future. The government does not represent the “Silent Majority” and is representative only of their financial backers who dictate their policies. They are also dependent on the support of extreme minorities (left, right, and liberal) to remain in power, resulting in the tail wagging the dog. The Oireachtas is supposed to be representative of the people, but cannot be so if the government can ignore the Oireachtas. The government must also be representative of all the people. We must elect a National government, which is answerable to the Oireachtas, and devolve to the provinces power to manage their own affairs.
The new constitution provides (through proposed reform of the Oireachtas ), reform to the governance of the State. It is to the Oireachtas the Irish people elect their representatives, and in whom the Irish people place their trust to legislate and manage the affairs of the Nation. The Oireachtas must hold the government accountable.
The criticism, that “the Constitution pays too much deference to the Catholic Church”, ignores the period during which the Constitution was drafted, (1932-1937) a period when The Ultra-Conservative opposition party (Cuman Na nGeadhal) in Ireland was supported by the Catholic Church, and which saw Eamon De Valera’s new Fianna Fail / Labour government as a “Bolshevik” threat. The proposed new constitution, while protecting freedom of conscience, removes any religious or gender bias,
Socially the proposed new constitution recognises the rights progressively from the Individual, through the Family, the Community, the Regions and the State, incorporating much of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and also the “Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union