Covid Facts – The Inconvenient Truth – One bump too many? 23:05 Sep 22 1 commentsmore >>
REALISTIC DRILL: Su-30 Accidentally Shot... Wed Sep 23, 2020 23:01 | Anti-Empire
The Merchants of Heightened Nuclear War ... Wed Sep 23, 2020 21:42 | Jasmine Owens
Iran Bucks US Sanctions to Export Venezu... Wed Sep 23, 2020 19:29 | Lucia Kassai
Congress Gave Pentagon $1 Billion for Fa... Wed Sep 23, 2020 14:54 | Aaron Gregg
30% of Recent UK â€˜COVID Deathsâ€™ Were... Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:26 | Marko MarjanoviÄ‡
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Iran Says Houthis Use Its Military Know-How In Battle Against Saudi Arabia Wed Sep 23, 2020 23:41 | amarynth
Sinophobia, Lies and Hybrid War Wed Sep 23, 2020 19:15 | amarynth
Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/09/23 ? Open Thread Wed Sep 23, 2020 15:30 | Herb Swanson
Jewish Settler Chief: ?Palestinians have no right to a state, Bible says Israel for the Jews? Wed Sep 23, 2020 14:36 | amarynth
Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:29 | amarynth
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Irish Examiner bias Anthony
Hong Kong and democracy Anthony
A Blog About Human Rights
Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights
Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights
Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights
US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights
UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights
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.