Today marks one year since the Constitutional Convention finished its work. To mark the anniversary, we are inviting you to sign the petition calling... Read More
1. Dáil electoral reform The Government responded to the 4th report of the Constitutional Convention on Thursday, 18 December. This report recommended changes to... Read More
1. The People’s Conversation Last Saturday, we held our first People’s Conversation event. This was the first of three conversations that Second Republic will... Read More
Since our foundation in 2010, Second Republic has followed a principle of advocating reform while stopping short of advocating a specific reform agenda. Instead,... Read More
Interest in our September 21st event is fantastic. Thanks you to everyone who has expressed support and confirmed their place! Event: “What is the... Read More
1. 2nd anniversary meeting Second Republic’s 2nd anniversary meeting will take place on December 1st in the Odessa Club, Dublin. Our first meeting was... Read More
1. Constitutional Convention The Constitutional Convention was promised to begin work this month. However, as yet there has been no indication of when or... Read More
1. Constitutional Convention The Government is pressing ahead with its plans for the Constitutional Convention. The planned convention will consist of 100 people, 66... Read More
- It must be set up for a specific purpose, and once that purpose has been achieved, the Citizens’ Assembly ceases to exist. In other words, the assembly cannot and should not act as another House of the Oireachtas: its work and membership are limited by time and purpose.
- The members must be selected randomly to give a balanced social and demographic representation. They are not elected, nor are they there as representatives of particular sectors. There is therefore no risk of specific interests subverting the work of the assembly.
- The members must be given balanced briefing notes and have the opportunity to hear from and to question experts.
- The members should be given sufficient time and space to debate and deliberate over the issues.
- It should be made clear what will happen to the outcomes of the Citizens’ Assembly.
Towards a Second Republic analyses Ireland’s economics, politics and society, drawing important lessons from its cycles of boom and bust. Peadar Kirby and Mary Murphy expose the winners and losers from the current Irish model of development and relates these distributional outcomes to the use of power by Irish elites. The authors examine the role of the EU and compare Ireland’s crisis and responses to those of other states. More than just an analysis of the economic disaster in Ireland, the book is also a proposal to construct new and more effective institutions for the economy and society. It is a must read for students of Irish politics and political economy.The authors wrote the following piece for the Irish Times in which they contrast their views how reform should happen with Second Republic's proposal and the conclusions of We the Citizens:
"In respect of the convention, I do not want to make any announcement about it before the presidential election and the two referenda that are taking place so that nobody will be confused about what the constitutional convention is to do. If Members wish, after the presidential election and the two referenda, I will hold consultations with the leaders of the Opposition, take their views, allow the Government form its view and publish our proposals. Or, if Members prefer, I can do it the other way round and let the Government announce its recommendations here and allow comment on those. That is a matter we can talk about." — http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/10/11/00018.aspSee the Programme for Government here: