Democratic Reform proposes a new constitution which demands a truly representative government, and would restore accountability of the Irish government to the Oireachtas. Despite 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 representative of the people, the government must also be representative of all the people. We must elect a National government, 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