On June 5th the county votes, not only in the EU and local elections, but also in bye-elections in Dublin South and Dublin Central. Cóir’s Voters’ Guide will be used to assist voters in “using their votes, to protect their values”.
It points out that “we all share many of the same concerns, for example, on the economy, jobs, schools and crime.” “However,” it goes on, “the following four issues are of special importance to many Irish people – but the opinion of the majority is all too often brushed aside”. The Guide then spells out those four issues as follows:
1. LIFE: the protection of human life from conception to natural death. That means saying NO to abortion, embryo research and euthanasia, which destroy human life.
2. FAMILY: the family based on the marriage protects and strengthens children and society. Anti-family policies such as same-sex adoption, or tax-individualisation (which punishes families where a mother or father cares for the children in the home), should be scrapped.
3. RIGHT TO A JUST WAGE: the right of every person to earn a living wage. That means supporting policies that protect a just wage, while tackling the causes of poverty.
4. PROTECTING THE IRISH CONSTITUTION: When we rejected the Lisbon Treaty last year, we did so because we wanted to retain the right to make our own laws. Lisbon would have meant more than economic co-operation, it would have brought a new European constitution for Ireland. Our NO vote must be respected and our Irish Constitution protected.
The Guide also explains that it is party policy that matters most. It says: “When politicians come knocking at your door, ask them what the policy of their party is on these key issues. It is the policy of the party that matters, since politicians are slow to go against their party. Obviously, for Independent candidates in the election, it is their own personal policies that count.”
The Guides are now being widely distributed and I would urge all Solas readers to get involved to ensure it is read by as many people as possible.
Cóir’s current information and recruitment campaign is also well underway. A series of constituency meetings are being held in Dublin where the aim is to stay local, to inform people and to double the number of Cóir volunteers.”
The emphasis of these meetings is on the Charter of Rights and the economy, and an April Cóir meeting in the Cavan/Monaghan constituency heard from leading economist,Professor Ray Kinsella. This new initiative is crucial to ensure that a strong voice which speaks for pro-life and pro-family issues is heard when debating the European Union.
We’re also pleased to announce the launch of a new website within weeks and we’ll be producing a series of papers debunking government propaganda on the need for a second referendum, with special focus on our pro-life and pro-family laws, on the economy, and on our loss of sovereignty.
Please call us on 01 8746858 to help or for further information.
Prof. Ray Kinsella speaking with David Davin Power of RTÉ News