Once again we are hearing dire warnings that the International Monetary Fund will take over the running of our economy if the government doesn't institute even more vicious austerity measures than already in place.
Dr. Death himself, Colm McCarthy, is quoted in today's Sunday Independent as saying that the IMF will be running the country by February if the government doesn't get its house in order, i.e. screw the people even more.
McCarthy warning: IMF is at our door - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie
Leaving aside the financial implications for a while I wish to raise the Constitutional positon if a foreign based elite is to take power in some form over the Republic of Ireland.
This country is governed by a Constitution which clearly states:
So, would an IMF takeover be a flagrant breach of our Constitution, indeed would it amount to a coup d'etat? In my view it would.
Ireland is a sovereign, independent, democratic state.
1. All powers of government, legislative, executive and judicial, derive, under God, from the people, whose right it is to designate the rulers of the State and, in final appeal, to decide all questions of national policy, according to the requirements of the common good.
2. These powers of government are exercisable only by or on the authority of the organs of State established by this Constitution.
No doubt we will be told that the IMF wouldn't be taking over directly, that it would merely dictate the terms to an Irish Finance Minister (which is already happening from the EU). However it would still amount to a usurpation of power.