Second Republic was founded by ordinary citizens in November 2010 in response to the financial crisis. We are a non-aligned and volunteer organization campaigning for political reform.
We are guided by a list of aims and objectives agreed at our first AGM in January 2011, which you can see here:
Day-to-day, our campaigns are managed by a committee elected by members at our general meetings.
We proposed the establishment of a citizens’ assembly to deliberate and recommend what reforms there should be. Similar citizen-led process of reform were held in Iceland, following the financial crisis there. Australia, Canada and the Netherlands have also used processes like this to decide on political reforms.
In 2012, the Oireacthas established the Constitutional Convention, which broadly conformed to this model.
In 2013, we our founding member was shortlisted for a Volunteer of the Year Award for the work that Second Republic has done in building citizenship and campaigning for reform.