Bunreach na hÉireann lists Fundamental Rights under Articles 40 to 44. All the rights are qualified by being made subservient to the interests of public order and morality. Continue reading “OUR FIRST AND SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.” »
While the Government’s proposals for Local Government Reform have many very positive aspects, Continue reading “Subsidiarity – the missing Local Government Reform.” »
There is a relationship between Clientism, Cronyism and Communalism, on the one hand, and the failure to apply the principles of Subsidiarity to the provisions of our constitution, on the other. Continue reading “Clientism, Cronyismm, Communalism and Subsidiarity” »
We are without honour in Ireland, or at least we have failed to establish a proper system to enable Continue reading “Without honour” »
Politics has Three Dimensions.
Most commentators, including many of our intelligentsia and almost all the media, and every politician, without exception, describe politics linearly, placing us on a line, one end of which is “Socialist or Left” and the other “Conservative or Right” – a single dimension? Continue reading “The straight-jacket of one dimensional politics.” »
The Social Community Nexus.
1. If rights belong to individuals, because the individuals are autonomous, competent and sovereign; to whom do obligations belong? Continue reading “Social Community Nexus” »
Do Rights Create Obligations?
1. Strictly speaking a right does not create an obligation. Rights are subscriptive, not prescriptive. Therefore, it remains for the citizen Continue reading “Rights and Obligations” »
Sadly, the members of the Oireachtas [with some few execptions] have a very poor record in upholding individual liberties, especially where the right asserted is not a politically correct one.
Where two or more consenting adults engage in an action, that action is lawful, unless the act conflicts with the exercise of the rights of some other person. Where such conflict arises, the Oireachtas – or some competent subordinate legislature – may regulate the right so as to avoid the conflict. However, such regulation may not properly amount to prohibition, because the purpose of the regulation is to avoid the conflict and not to deny the right being asserted!
If the right of consensual conduct between adult does not exist, we are no longer a society of sovereign, competent and autonomous persons. We are no longer free.
The Government has set up a Constitutional Reform Commission, which offers Irish citizens an opportunity to shape how we are governed. Unfortunately, their proposals are Continue reading “Let’s Make A Difference” »