The governments right to manage our society our environment and our economy comes from a contract between the Irish State and the Irish people. The articles of that contract are contained in a Constitution which should only be changed with the consent of the Irish People. That contract defines the Irish State, Its relationship with other States, and guarantees the human and civil rights of the citizens and those others who live in our community. The Constitution also defines how the government of the state shall be chosen, it’s authority and it’s powers. This is democratic because of its basis in government by popular consent, however the authority of the Government is regulated by “The Constitution”.
Article 6 provides;
“All powers of government derive from the people, whose sole right it is to designate the rulers of the State and, in final appeal, to decide all questions of National policy, according to the requirements of the common good.”
While part 1 of that declaration may be satisfied by holding a general election every 5 years (or sooner as may sometimes be the case) There is no mechanism by which the people can exercise part 2 of that declaration to “decide all questions of National policy, according to the requirements of the common good” Sometimes natural disaster (Covid 19) happen, and sometimes there are national emergencies, unfortunately our politicians often put the interests, of their financial backers, before the interests of the People.
That is Why we Need:
To give back to the people the power of “A Plebiscite”. A right which was enshrined in the 1922 “Free State” Constitution, but which was removed by the first “Irish” government.