A New Republic

Just before Easter I launched A New Republic, our new outreach project that will run over the course of 2018.

If you have a moment, watch back what I had to say about it here.

Almost 100 years ago Tom Johnson wrote the Democratic Programme one of the founding documents of the first Dáil. Our ambition is to mark the centenary in January 2019 with a New Democratic Programme fit for Ireland’s second century.

Over the rest of 2018 we will engage with party members and the wider public to contribute to a vision of what an egalitarian Ireland could look like.

What would the founding principles of A New Republic be?

What issues must we tackle to build a country where Johnson’s principles of ‘Liberty, Equality and Justice for all’ can be realised?

This project is not about specific policy issues – although good ideas may emerge.

It is about looking at the bigger picture, at a time when we are at a crossroads in our history as a nation.

We are 100 years on from the foundation of our state and we are also coming out of a difficult and damaging decade. Climate Change, Brexit and rapid technological advances, amongst other issues, are throwing up new challenges. Our day to day politics is marked by soundbites, quick-fix solutions and instant responses, but these challenges deserve deeper consideration.

That is why we are organising a series of round table discussions with representatives from different sectors of Irish society, and regional meetings where members of the public can join the dialogue. We will be asking individuals and organisations to make online submissions to the process. We will also be in touch with party sections and constituencies over the coming weeks to explore how you can become involved in the project.

In the meantime you can learn more about the origins of the project on our website, read the text of the original Democratic Programme and sign up to get updates on the project over the next few months.


Brendan Howlin

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