On Saturday 1st November 2014 was an historic day for Drogheda and will be remembered in the history books as a day of a Peoples revolt, never before have the people of
Members of Direct Democracy Ireland Louth were proudly at the forefront of the organisation of the march and it was a resounding success which saw all local campaign groups and Political Parties in opposition to Governments stance on Irish Water successfully come together under the banner of Right2Water.
Due the astonishing numbers that attended, Direct Democracy Ireland have concluded that we are on the precipice of a new dawn in Local and National Politics and this has been recognised by the welcomed resignation of Drogheda Mayor, Kevin Callan from Fine Gael in direct response to the protest march, given that – at last months Drogheda District Council meeting he voted against a Sinn Fein motion to suspend standing orders to discuss the Irish Water issue much to his shame and proves that Fine Gael are completely out of touch with the sentiment of the People.
Due to Ireland ratifying The Aarhus Convention on the 20th June 2012 which gives the people the power of “Public participation in Decision-making and Access to justice in Environmental Matters” an international agreement that gives power to the people is been ignored by all our Elected officials collectively at local, National and at European level. The Three Pillars of the Convention are:
- Access to information
- Public participation in Decision-Making
- Access to Justice
|Pat Greene, DDI|
Direct Democracy Ireland have taken a mandate from the protest march and are now officially on behalf of the people of Louth demanding the resignation of Labour party Minister of State, for Business and employment Mr. Gerald Nash and we are also calling for the resignations of all Labour and FG TD’s and Councillors for failing to adhere to The Aarhus Convention 2012 stymieing the voice of the people.
Labour Party Minister of State, for Business and employment Mr. Gerald Nash in response to the Protest march stated “we are listening to the people we will make sure the charges are fair” totally avoiding the basis for the protest march which is to seek the complete abolition of Irish Water and the complete cessation of any charges, denying us the right under, The Aarhus Convention to Public participation in Decision-Making.
Drogheda, historically has played a major role forging this countries present state and maybe with Mayor Kevin Callan resigning from Fine Gael, Ireland may witness a ripple effect that could see the Labour, Fine Gael Government reach its inevitable demise.
Direct Democracy Ireland is now calling as a matter of urgency for an investigation into possible criminal activities and a full Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing into Irish Waters inception up to the present day as Drogheda Mayor Kevin Callan publicly stated “Irish Water is Toxic, We are dealing with Cronyism".
We the people of Drogheda need to pat ourselves on the back for proving “THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE IS STRONGER THAN THE PEOPLE IN POWER”