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Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 6

Government Politics - An Irish Christian Liberal Democracy within the United Kingdom and the National Government of Ireland Act

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Michael Gillespie • July 2006

The Act should define Irish territory.

The Act should define Irish citizenship.

The Act should State that St Patrick's Day on the 17th of March is a National Christian holiday in Ireland. The Act should recommend that the St Patrick's Day celebrations be attended by The Crown Irish, The Taoiseach, The Leaders of the Four Provincial Houses, and by The Heads of the Four Christian Churches (These acting as observers). The annual celebration should rotate among the cities of Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway, in that order.

The Act should State that the following are the Irish State Political parties in Ireland:

  1. The Irish Christian Democrats
  2. The Irish Liberal Party
  3. The Irish Labour Party

And these parties are pro the constitution as stated in the National Government of Ireland Act.

Under freedom of speech, freedom of behaviour and freedom to organise, a citizen or group of citizens are free to organise another or other parties, but must declare publicly that the Party is either pro or anti constitution.

The Act should State that the State Political Parties are funded by the State and not out of private funds, provided the Party has gained more that 10% of the vote in a previous election.

The Act should State that a Party, other than the Irish Political parties, is eligible for State funding if the Party has gained more that 10% of the vote in a previous election.

The Act should state that following the trend of devolved Governments to the regions, Government should be devolved downward from Dublin to the four provinces of Ireland.

The Act should state that there is a recognised central Government in Ireland called Dail Eireann situated in Dublin, with the Taoiseach as head of Government, with elected TD's, with power devolved to four Provincial Houses of Representatives.

  1. The Connacht House of Representatives
  2. The Leinster House of Representatives
  3. The Munster House of Representatives
  4. The Ulster House of Representatives;
Bringing the democratic processes as close as possible to the grass roots.

The Act should state that each House of Representatives must be situated in the four Provincial Capitals.

The Act should state that the head of a Provincial Government is called the Leader of the House.

The powers to be devolved downwards from Dail Eireann should be settled in discussion between the Taoiseach and the Leader of a Provincial House.

The Act should authorise Dail Eireann to raise a National Taxation in Ireland and declare a budget. It should authorise each of the Provisional House of Representatives to raise a Provincial tax and declare a budget.

Under Freedom of mind, Freedom of will and Freedom of speech, any Irish citizen is free to contest an election in Ireland, either National or Provincial. The person can be Christian, or non-Christian, of any colour or racial origin.

The Act should State that a person contesting an election in Ireland should be ideally, a person of ideological conviction, have some knowledge of economics and finance, be a person who is socially aware, with a social conscience and a sense of social justice, be a person of integrity who doesn't make idle promises and be a person with a reasonable standard of education.

The Act should prohibit the display of the Union Jack, the Irish Tri-colour and the Starry Plough on Irish Territory.

The Act should State that Dail Eireann is separate from, but is equal to Westminster within the United Kingdom.

For that reason, the Act should stipulate as necessary, that the British Minister and the Taoiseach meet annually, in Alternative years, in Dublin and London to discuss United Kingdom affairs.

The Act should State that the residence Aras an Uachtaran be known in the Act as Aras an Taoiseach.

The Act should State that the Taoiseach is empowered to appoint a Secretary of State for Ireland from among the elected TD's of Dail Eireann. The person appointed must be in alternative terms of office, a man and a woman, a Catholic and a Protestant.

The Act should State that the Secretary of State conducts business from a suite of offices in Dublin Castle.

The Act should stipulate as necessary that a significant number of the Secretary of State's office staff be fluent in Irish.

The Act should State that the Secretary of State for Ireland is the Crown Irish representative in Ireland.

When an Irish citizen wishes to communicate with the Crown Irish by letter, the person must do so through the Secretary of State for Ireland.

The Act should not recognise an oath of allegiance to the Crown Irish. Instead the Act should stipulate as necessary that the Taoiseach, on taking office in Dail Eireann, makes the solemn promise of office as follows:

"I solemnly promise to uphold, defend and maintain the constitution of the Sovereign Nations of Ireland as Stated in the National Government of Ireland Act. I solemnly promise to govern without fear of any and with favour towards none".

The Act should make provision for the holding of the State opening of Dail Eireann. The Act stipulates that the Crown Irish be present wearing the Irish Crown jewels placed on the Crown Irish by the Secretary of State for Ireland. The State opening of Dail Eireann should be attended by the Crown Irish, the Secretary of State from Ireland, the Taoiseach, all elected TD's, along with the Leaders of the Provincial Houses of Representatives.

The State opening of Dail Eireann should begin with the Taoiseach's solemn promise administered by the Crown Irish with the Secretary of State for Ireland in attendance, holding two copies of the bible, one in English and one in Irish. After this the Crown Irish will address Dail Eireann in the Crown Irish speech, outlining the policies of the incoming Government.

The powers invested in Dail Eireann will be those invested in the Central Government of a European Democracy.

The Act should State that Dail Eireann is known as the Upper House and the Four Provincial Houses are known as the Lower Houses. When legislation is passed in a Lower House the legislation must go before the Upper House - Dail Eireann, for final ratification.

The Act should State that the Irish National Anthem is - "A Nation Once Again"

The Act should forbid the singing or playing of the anthems - "A Soldier's Song" or "God Save The Queen" on Irish territory.

The Act should State that the County and City in Ulster known as Londonderry are renamed on the Act as the County and City of Royal Deny.

The Act should State that capital punishment is forbidden in Ireland.

The Act authorises the Irish State to issue Irish passports and maintain embassies in Capital Cities throughout the world.

The Act should State that it is a duty of the Supreme Council of Irish Jurists to set the salaries of the Secretary of State for Ireland, the Taoiseach, the TD's and the Provincial Representatives. The Act should recommend that the Supreme Council of Irish Jurists set such salaries at a level as will attract the most able, the most intelligent, the most capable, the most trustworthy people into Irish Politics.

 

Next week, Religion and Policing.


Previously:
Article 1: Democracy
Article 2: The Way of Life
Article 3: The Crown Irish
Article 4: Rights, Freedoms
Article 5: The Legal Profession
Article 6: Government Politics
Article 7: Religion
Article 8: Policing
Article 9: The Army, the Navy and the Air Force
Article 10: The Orange Order

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A Dual Presidency: An Improbable Solution to the Irish Problem

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