Archive for November, 2012

SUPREME COURT MUST BE RESPECTED

November 8, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

 Thursday, 8 November  2012  

Immediate Release

 

“CONSTITUTION CRISIS – SUPREME COURT MUST BE RESPECTED”

 

“Today’s decision of the Supreme Court must be respected by The Government, Saturdays Referendum must be called off”  according to  Malachy Steenson, Solicitor and Criminologist .

Speaking following the successful challenge by Mark Mc Crystal to the governments referendum campaign.

He said  “This Referendum is to change the basic law – The Constitution of this Country, The Constitution was enacted in order to protect the people from the Acts of the Government, The Supreme Court is the final decider of whether the Government is acting unconstitutionally today they decided that they were acting unconstitutionally, if the Supreme Court is to mean anything then it must be respected , and this Referendum called off”.

Adding “Minister Shatter is now prepared to ignore the Supreme Court, he has created a  Constitutional crisis, the Irish People are justified in asking if he is prepared to do that how can we have any confidence that Judges will be permitted to make decisions in respect of children which may go against government policy”.

In the event that this Government ignores the Supreme Court then The Chief Justice  Susan Denham must ask the Government what is her role and role of her Judges if their decisions are to be ignored. She must then advise them if they have no role then they will have to resign.

concluded Malachy Steenson

215 Words  Ends  – Comment or clarification:  Malachy Steenson 086 6024239 – malachysteenson78@gmail.com

Note to editors:-  Malachy Steenson is a Practising Solicitor and a Criminologist living and working in the North Inner City of Dublin. He is a well known left wing community activist and is a regular contributor to broadcast and print media in relation to matters of social justice, crime and the economy.

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“Democratic Deficit exposed in Childrens Referendum Campaign”

November 7, 2012

NEWS RELEASE

 Wednesday, 7 November  2012   Buswells Hotel 11am

Embargo 11.00 am

 

“Democratic Deficit exposed in Referendum Campaign”

 

“The Referendum on the 31st Amendment to the Constitution shows clearly the unbalanced nature of this State the entire political establishment backed up by so called Civil Society groups have come together to alter the fundamental law of this State”  according to  Malachy Steenson, Solicitor and Criminologist .

Speaking at the final Press Conference of the “NO” campaign  he said

This Referendum has shown clearly the unbalanced nature of this State, the entire political establishment backed up by so called Civil Society groups have come together to alter the fundamental law of this State” he also said the role of the Media particularly the role State Broadcaster must be challenged in respect of future referendums, where a proposal to alter the Constitution is put before the people it is up to the people to make their decision free from the overt pressure of the State and it supporters a full and frank debate of the issues must be facilitate by the State broadcaster, in this Referendum they have failed to live up to their public service remit”  

He noted that “much more coverage is being given to the US Presidential election, which is of little relevance to the vast majority of people in this country than is being given to this proposal which will have real repercussions for families”.

At meetings all around the Country huge concerns have been expressed by citizens about the real intention behind this Amendment, those concerns have been ignored by Government Spokespersons  continually” 

He noted “ Those who have had experience of the Care System as it currently operates were very clear in their opposition to handing over more power to the State, a State which since its foundation failed to look after the children of this nation a failure which continues to this day”

He added “we have continued to hear the YES side use cases like Killkenny, Mayo, Roscommon etc., being used to push this Amendment, however in all of these cases the HSE was involved and aware of what was going on for years yet they failed to act, it was not the lack of a specific constitutional protection for children which allowed these cases to continue but the inaction of a dysfunctional un accountable care system which is more concerned about budgets, careers and protecting itself than it is about children, it is also clear that there are likely to be similar cases today “. Why would anyone in all sanity give them more power ” he asked.

Commenting on the climate in which this Referendum is being held he added

“ This Amendment must be considered in the context of the times in which we now live, as we approach the December budget it is clear that the living stands of families throughout this country will be slashed yet again, driving more and more families into poverty, where they will be unable to put food on the table for or keep a roof over the heads of their children, showing quite clearly that this State has no real concern for the conditions that many children are forced to endure. In the eyes of the State poverty will again be a reason for children being put into care.

The current slash and burn policies of austerity which include removing Special Needs teachers in schools, cutting CE schemes which provide community crèche facilities show the real agenda of this government”.  

 

He went on to say “the key question for citizens to ask themselves before they vote is, knowing all you now know about how this State is run and for whose benefit do you believe that they have the best interest of families and children as a real concern, if the answer is NO then why would you trust them to look after your children?”

 

concluded Malachy Steenson

639 Words

Ends  – Comment or clarification:  Malachy Steenson 086 6024239

malachysteenson78@gmail.com

 

Note to editors:-  Malachy Steenson is a Practising Solicitor and a Criminologist living and working in the North Inner City of Dublin. He is a well known left wing community activist and is a regular contributor to broadcast and print media in relation to matters of social justice, crime and the economy.