Business people in Ireland know that when cash gets tight, trade is shrinking, and debts are mounting, the first thing to do is re-negotiate with your biggest creditor. Enda Kenny had the perfect chance to do this in 2011, and blew it. It took Shane Ross TD, in the Dail to eventually winkle out that Enda had never even asked for a write down, (as happens in insolvency) given that ‘politically’ we were indeed the ‘good boys’ preventing contagion through-out the core economies of Europe.
Looking back at the launch of the National Independent Party’s draft manifesto and the broadening of public debate, Martin Critten, Acting Chairperson and founder, looks back over the reaction . . . It’s been interesting to see recent media, and public perception to a new grass roots party emerging on the political scene. Given that our platform is at drafting stage, there’s been the expected first round of stereotyping and sensationalism to contend with. Are we left wing, right wing, xenophobic, anti-Europe ? The word Marxist couldn’t be tagged, but unsavoury Continue reading
Important notice . . This association is now in transition.
In line with our constitution a transitional meeting has been requested. Given that this meeting has been called; as initially envisaged by the nature of the transition from ‘start-up association’ to ‘registered political party’, all current favoured positions with the exception of the constitutional one have been rescinded including those members currently on the Steering Committee, this element of our management has also stood down to allow for considered debate, consultation and election in respect of all membership. Again, all administrative duties will be care-taken by the constitutional founder member until such time as this meeting commences, this includes all maters relating to membership processing and acknowledgement. The website contains relevant contact details.
I can only conclude as I did in the article published in the Journal 13th January (below) that the process of securing this platform as a workable political alternative has only just begun. This is your opportunity to take the next step on securing solid ground from which started as an aspiration. I hope you can attend and help this organisation on its way.
Best Regards Martin Critten
Here we provide a brief insight into the workings of the Party’s ‘Citizens Charter’, a means of injecting real reform into the heart of the State by re-defining our expectations of politics and politicians. Like all structures built on legions of meaningless words, eventually walls will come tumbling down. Given our economic collapse and growing disillusionment in those we elected to steer Ireland’s fortunes, we took hard look at the kinds of reforms needed to achieve meaningful confidence in politics and government. Indeed, if all this could be laid before the public before we head Continue reading
Since the foundation of the Irish state successive Irish governments have failed to manage the affairs of this country successfully in the interests of Irish citizens leading to a country wracked by poverty, emigration and low standards of living. Many thought we had left this past behind us during the so called “boom” years but this proved to be a false dawn as greed and selfishness destroyed any material gains which had been made by the Irish people leaving us with the current economic and social mess which we possess today. The reasons behind this are not Continue reading
It maybe Christmas just around the corner, but we have our sights set firmly on the forthcoming locals and Euro elections. As a group we are always interested in anyone wishing to stand as a candidate or become actively involved. In addition to our Oireachtas registering early January 2014, the first month of the year will also see a public announcement of our draft manifesto ahead of a planned party Ard-Fheis in February.
To start our campaign in earnest, our plans to get the party firmly in the minds of both the media and the population at large are well underway. Our first salvo comes in the shape of our campaign mug which we believe says it all ” who is in charge of the clattering train”. This is something three dimensional that will bring long term subliminal exposure to the Continue reading
The mortgage crisis, the euro, economic recovery E.U. relations, justice, law enforcement; jobs, sustainable enterprise, education, environment, natural resources, emigration, immigration, and reform of the health service. These are just some of the key subjects on the table at the National Independent Party’s Conference this Saturday at the Red Cow Hotel, Dublin. And, our press release here continues to set the scene . . . Continue reading
I worry equally with regards to the federalising of Europe, as I do with the notion of Ireland embracing ‘direct democracy’ at this time. It’s not that there isn’t a core belief in democratic processes, quite the contrary; I’m all for making every political representative totally accountable. Indeed, this Party instigated the Citizen’s Charter and backs reforms for a directly elected Seanád, already cognisant of other such democratic tools. But, it’s moreover the practicalities and speed of how we achieve that accountability together with the legacies a DD system would leave in its wake which concerns many. And, given the gigantean economic task ahead of us all, really, we’d Continue reading
Many in our ranks acknowledge that we may never get through this crisis without a lifetimes aspirations and security being irreparably blown to bits. For some, current events will no doubt impact on the whole family, on a generations of hopeful new starts. And, of course we can’t forget the effect this all has on grandparents who look on in total disbelief. They dutifully help the best they can, having seen there own life saving disappear from view. The scourge of 192,000 homes in mortgage distress in all honesty is simply the tip of a pandemic problem. It’s a social catastrophe of such cataclysmic proportions that it couldn’t fail to visit every homestead Continue reading
As the debate rolls out and the campaign groups square up, Spokesperson of the National Independent Party, Martin Critten, offers nine reasons why we should retain the Seanád, along with considered opinion that has yet to enter the arena. . . . The idea of severing an arm of the State, as a progressive modernisation to reduce cost and bureaucracy, still leaves a lingering doubt that maybe one day it will dawn on us why it was set-up in the first place. Given that the next set of pressures impacting on the State, will arrive in the form of a ‘timely’ suggestion to federalise Europe; we will all miss the opportunity that a truly reformed Seanád could have offered in broadening the debate and subsequently in gaining an understanding of the Continue reading