One Year Initiative" with similar goals. Again, it's mostly only the smaller left wing parties, the Green Party, various independents and even a few Sinn Féin candidates that have signed up.
if Reinstate 48 was trying to influence election why didn't it sign up as third party ? Register of Third Parties - Standards in Public Office Commission
Reinstate 48 seeks postering rights IT
where'd it get 30K from?
...did they really spend 30k on posters?As part of its campaign, the group spent €30,000 putting up six different posters at various locations
Times Ireland report 30k figure too http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/irishn...cle4694248.eceDoes Reinstate 48 accept financial donations? http://www.reinstate48.ie/faqs/
We are currently running our first crowdfunding appeal. The purpose of the appeal is to raise €2,500 to cover the costs of designing and printing 300 large (A0 size) R48 Election posters. The objective of the posters is to try and raise awareness of the R48 initiative amongst voters during the 2016 General Election campaign. The posters will be erected in high profile public locations by volunteers. If you support the R48 initiative then please consider making a small donation to this crowdfunding appeal.
Last edited by lostexpectation; 21st February 2016 at 12:53 PM.
Ironically, this controversy actually generated some column inches for them (don't think they'd received any newspaper publicity up to then). Probably the wrong kind of publicity (but there's no such thing as bad publicity as they saying goes). Relatively cheap for €2500 too (if that's what they spent)!
Last edited by Finbar10; 21st February 2016 at 11:01 AM.
It was a form of grassroots pressure and 'direct democracy' that resulted in the 8th ammendment. Mob rule doesnt result in good law.
It likely might have been brought in by citizen initiative if such a mechanism had been available back then. However, the converse holds also. If we currently had such a mechanism, I've no doubt an initiative to repeal the 8th amendment would have been triggered and we might be voting on whether to repeal or amend it. The way things are looking now we probably won't get a vote on this during this Dáil term. Of course, constitutions commonly exclude, with some justification, certain topics from citizen initiative mechanisms, e.g. fundamental rights, sovereignty, international treaties, citizenship. In that case, referendum decisions on topics like the 8th amendment, would remain where they were back in the 1980s: with the government of the day.
"Mob" rule as you put it, or complementing representative democracy with a measure of direct democracy, seems to have worked reasonably well where it has been tried, e.g. Switzerland, though not perfect, isn't exactly an economic basket case and also all the individual German states (Lander) have citizen initiative mechanisms.