Category Archives: Active Citizenship

Active Citizenship means to play an active role in the society in which we live. It is about how we treat others whilst being accepting of differences and remaining conscious of the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion. It is about acknowledging that while we, as citizens, have rights but responsibilities also. By actively participating as citizens, together we can create the society we want – at home in the family, by volunteering in our community and by voting in elections and referendums.

Active Citizenship requires leadership. Therefore, it is important we choose our representatives carefully and those which we trust. Elected representatives must carry out their role in an accountable and open manner. By taking responsibility together for our society is the best way to make Ireland the ideal place where we want to live.

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. The Irish government must negotiate for Northern Ireland to be designated with a special status within the EU and for the whole island of Ireland to remain within the EU together.

2. All current and future EU programmes & funding for Northern Ireland, in the absence of alternative arrangements for Northern Ireland, should continue to be funded by HM Treasury.

3. The Report on the All-Ireland Economy: compiled in 2016 by Peadar Toibin TD for the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the light of Brexit should be updated.

4. Any passport controls between Ireland and the UK should be along the same basis as for people traveling between these islands from 1939 to 1952. There should not be a return to passport controls on the borders between the North and South of Ireland.

5. A detailed analysis of the impact of Brexit on Women, programmes to mitigate these impacts should be implemented

6. Research into the actual income and expenditure for Northern Ireland should be carried out by the Government.

7. The Irish Government must approach Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to declare that Irish reunification would be supported by the EU in the event of the people of the Island of Ireland voting for it as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement. This declaration would be similar to that of Commission President Jacque Delors in January 1990 on the issue of German Unification ‘East Germany is a special case’.

8. To avoid any uncertainties in the Irish case, it would be suitable to insist in the course of the Brexit negotiations on an additional protocol expressly stating that in case of an Irish Reunification Reunified Ireland will be considered the same state as Ireland (state continuity) and that the EU Treaties will be without any further amendment be applicable to the whole territory of the reunified country.

9. Include in the final Agreement between the EU and the UK recognition of the special status of the people of Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland’s economic relationship with the South. The precedent for both was set by the European Community, when it recognised the special status of the citizens of East Germany and made special provision for trade between the 2 Germanys.

10. Recognition by the EU in the final treaty between the EU and the UK that the reunification of Ireland would be implicit by Art.79 of the ECSC Treaty, Art. 227(1) of the EEC Treaty and Art.198 of the EURATOM Treaty leaving acquisition of territory, and consequently all steps leading to it, with in the domain reserve of the member states.

11. Commission a report based on a hard brexit with a hard border on a World Trade Organisation tariff arrangement between Ireland, the EU and Britain and Northern Ireland.

12. Commission a report should be commissioned by the Government on the impact of unification.

13. The current full Northern Ireland deficit should continue to be paid by HM Treasury for a period of 30 years after a vote for unification.

14. The establishment of a New Ireland Forum 2 is recommended to set a pathway toachieve the peaceful reunification of Ireland.

15. Establish an international task force with experts in counter terrorism so that the insights of Michael Ortiz, White House, National Security Council, Senior Policy advisor on counter terrorism in Presidents Obama administration could be examined, a plan devised and implemented.

16. That Northern Ireland is included in the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice to resolve disputes arising from the Good Friday Agreement.

17. Lessons from the failed referendums in Quebec and Scotland need to be learned to ensure that the Irish government fulfils its constitutional obligations of achieving its main aim of the peaceful reunification of Ireland.

18. The Government needs to carry out an audit in relation to the legal and constitutional changes pre and post-unification.

 

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Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach 1997-2008, Answers questions regarding a United Ireland

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GAA legends Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh & Ogie Moran with The Taoiseach at the sod turning/ throwing at the fantastic Kerry Sports Academy

Turning the sod Kerry Sports Academy

A facility that will create the next generation of sports stars, athletes & leaders. Sports is important in that it builds character but as commentator Haywood Hale Broun famously said ‘Sport doesn’t build character as much as it reveals it’

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Secretary General of the Dept of Justice Questioned on Cross Border Immigration and Border Controls at the Senate Special Committee on Brexit

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Corporate Manslaughter Bill

1,600 women were knowingly given contaminated blood products by the Irish Blood Transfusion service, which contained Hepatitis, many died.
No one went to jail.
The Corporate Manslaughter Bill which I have published would mean in future people would be held to account for their actions or in actions
James Browne TD & I are meeting with officials from the Department of Justice this morning.Corporate MB

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