Formal aims, objectives and values of the Second Republic movement
The following formal aims, objectives and values were adopted by the members of the Second Republic movement on the 29th of January, 2011. These were revised on the 19th of May 2012.
- To seek an inclusive Second Irish Republic founded through an examination and revision of the Constitution of Ireland / Bunreacht na hÉireann and through the formulation of proposals for political reform, subject to the direct participation of the People in any process leading up to this.
- To see the establishment of a legally-empowered Citizens’ Assembly for Political reform which will:
- be independent of the Oireachtas in the exercise of its function,
- be open-ended in its remit and agenda,
- contain a representative cross-section of citizens,
- be citizen-led and not be dominated by political parties and interest groups,
- present its recommendations for a revised constitution, for political reform and for reform of public bodies pertaining to the proper democratic functioning of the State within 12 months of its formation,
- be binding insofar as these recommendations will be put to a referendum of the People within a further six months.
- To organise a popular movement that will communicate and engage in actions to achieve our aims.
- To engage directly with the public, political parties and Oireachtas members in order to advance our aims.
- To engage with all citizens in a completely non-partisan, politically non-aligned way to ensure that the broad range of views on the necessary changes are voiced and debated.
- To engage with academics who are specialists in political reform and alternative systems of governance to assist us achieve our aims.
- To highlight the need for political and constitutional reform by:
- identifying the areas where reform is needed,
- encouraging and facilitating national and local debate on the substantive political and constitutional reforms necessary,
- challenging and inspiring people to imagine a new Ireland reformed under the direction of all its citizens.
- To highlight the need for a review of national government’s role on legislation and national issues and also to highlight the parallel need for a review of local government and the empowerment of local communities.
- To emphasise the need to make all governance more transparent, more cost effective, more democratic and more accountable to ordinary citizens restoring credibility and integrity to Ireland’s public life.
- To maintain the non-aligned status and independence of the Second Republic movement.
- To provide proposal(s) for a Citizens’ Assembly for Political Reform, the representative structure, power structure, mandate and remit of which the Second Republic movement can support in keeping with Aim 2.
- To help create an umbrella group of organisations committed to political and constitutional reform and facilitate and support events that bring together those interested in forwarding aims that are compatible with our aims, objectives and values.
- To provide a leadership role in political and constitutional reform.
- To publicise, using all the means of modern communication at our disposal, the central aims of the Second Republic movement.