Finlay to McAleese: Convene Houses of Oireachtas to debate State of Nation

darkknight

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Only the President can ensure we properly debate the state of the nation | Irish Examiner

Open letter to the President from Fergus Finlay

Bunreacht na hEireann

Article 13

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2. 3° The President may at any time, after consultation with the Council of State, convene a meeting of either or both of the Houses of the Oireachtas.


DEAR President,

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Our Taoiseach made it clear (as clear as he ever makes anything) at the weekend that there is no intention whatever of putting the "deal" made with the IMF before the Dáil for decision. Statements, apparently, are possible, but no vote.

But look at what has happened. We, the people of Ireland, have been given no choice, no say whatever, in this matter. Our government has agreed to take money from third parties, and has mortgaged our future in the process. That money is to be doled out as we meet penal conditions — including an unsustainable interest rate — and we are to be judged every quarter on our "performance" before the next moiety is given. We have, in one stroke, abandoned all our capacity to make our own decisions. Despite the hollow and sham protestations of the government, we have utterly abandoned our sovereignty as a country.

You took an oath the day you were inaugurated to maintain the Constitution of Ireland. That Constitution, in Article 1, declares that "the Irish nation hereby affirms its inalienable, indefeasible, and sovereign right to choose its own form of Government, to determine its relations with other nations, and to develop its life, political, economic and cultural, in accordance with its own genius and traditions". In the preamble to the Constitution, reference is made to the "rightful" independence of our nation. Article 5 says, simply and clearly, that "Ireland is a sovereign, independent, democratic state".

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This would be a bold move on the part of McAleese, and could be her last/only chance to exercise a leadership role in the worst crisis to affect the State since independence.

It would need to be thought through carefully in order to avoid ending up as a damp squib. But it could be an eloquent re-statement of the sovereignty of the Irish people, and a much-needed riminder that the power of the Government of the day is never unlimited.
 


ICallely

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McAleese for President!!!!

Yay!

I'd vote for her.

Wait a minute? She's already president? When was the vote? There wasn't one????

And we expect her to support democracy??
 

Cassandra Syndrome

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She is a deadweight. She signed off on NAMA and Lisbon. That office is a waste of over €3 Million a year.
 

TradCat

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The office was never designed for the claims made by the Robinson campaign which Finlay was part of. It is for the Dail to sort out the Dail's business. Our problem is not mcAleese but Lowery, Healy-Rae, the Greens and the dozens of gobdaws on the FF back benches who are failing in their national duty. We should keep the focus on them because we'll soon have the chance to replace them.

They are the ones failing to hold the government to account.
 

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She won't do anything as the Office of the President is supposed to be apoltical - even though she is a throroughbred Fianna FAIL type.
 

edifice.

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She's a 'peace process' drone. Purpose served, move along.
 

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She would convene that they meet in Belfast, so she could fly up there on the government jet, with her housekeeper following along in the Garda-driven state car. The woman is a moral vacuum.
 

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You'll be waiting, a happy smiley yes woman and ff to boot.
 

daveL

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She won't do anything as the Office of the President is supposed to be apoltical - even though she is a throroughbred Fianna FAIL type.
who decided that?

is that written in legislation or a charter?
 


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