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  • We the Citizens
    democracy could work in Ireland at a time when people felt adrift and disconnected from power In the project a representative group of citizens were randomly chosen to attend a Citizens Assembly in June 2011 After the assembly participants showed a greater interest in politics expressed more willingness to discuss and become involved in politics and felt more positive about the ability of ordinary people to influence politics The model

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  • Original About Us | We the Citizens
    In May and June of 2011 We the Citizens invited fellow citizens to come together to share views on how to make our country better We the Citizens asked the people of Ireland to participate in one of our seven citizens events around the country The purpose of the events was to provide a space for people to engage with each other on the future of our country You can find the issues that were raised by people at the events in Kilkenny Cork Galway Blanchardstown Tallaght Letterkenny and Athlone here The political scientists on our team a group of young people who also want to help their country were at the events to hear and take note of the messages coming from each one of them The views expressed at these events helped inform the agenda of the National Citizens Assembly The assembly which took place on June 25th and June 26th 2011 in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham was made up of a cross section of Irish people selected randomly The 100 citizens who participated in the Assembly were aged from 18 87 and were from every background and province in Ireland This is a model that s been tried and tested with great success in other parts of the world It shows that citizens are more than able to make considered and informed decisions on political and economic issues to their fellow citizens and to government The We the Citizens team are currently compiling the results of the Assembly and the extensive national survey work that took place before and after the Assembly We look forward to presenting these findings shortly We the Citizens see this as a moment which gives Irish people the chance to help renew our Republic and to contribute to new models of citizen

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  • Fáilte chuig wethecitizens.ie! | We the Citizens
    labhairt amach thar ceann phobal na hÉireann Céard atá i gceist lenár dtionscnamh mar sin Táimid ag iarraidh ar ár gcomhshaoránaigh teacht le chéile chun a dtuairimí a roinnt ar conas is féidir linn ár dtír a fheabhsú Ba mhaith le We the Citizens go nglacfá páirt i gceann amháin dár seacht n ócáid shaoránaigh timpeall na tíre Caithfimid dul i dteagmháil lena chéile chun todhchaí ár dtíre a phlé Beidh na heolaithe polaitíochta atá ar ár bhfoireann grúpa ógánach ar mhaith leo cabhrú lenár dtír freisin i láthair ag na hócáidí chun éisteacht agus chun na teachtaireachtaí a thagann chun solais a bhreacadh síos Is iad na tuairimí sin a bheidh mar bhunús dár gclár oibre don chéad chéim mhór eile sé sin tionól náisiúnta saoránach a bhunú Roghnófar trasghearradh phobal na hÉireann go randamach chun an tionóil a chumadh Is samhail í seo a raibh rath mór uirthi i bpáirteanna eile don domhan Léiríonn sé sin go bhfuil saoránaigh lán ábalta moltaí ciallmhara agus praiticiúla a thabhairt dá gcomhshaoránaigh agus don rialtas ar leasú polaitíochta Feictear do We the Citizens gur ócáid í seo a thugann deis do mhuintir na hÉireann an Phoblacht a athnuachan agus chun cur

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  • International Scientific Advisory Board | We the Citizens
    University of California Irvine a leading scholar on citizen engagement Dr Clodagh Harris UCC an expert on deliberative processes Professor Michael Laver NYU and convenor of Citizens Juries Professor Peter Mair European University Institute a leading scholar on parties and representative democracy Professor Michael Marsh TCD director of the Irish National Election Study Professor Ian McAllister Australian National University involved in the Australian deliberative polls Professor Pippa Norris JFK School

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  • Board Members | We the Citizens
    Niamh also worked closely with UK local authorities supporting them to co design new local education services with local people Niamh holds a Masters Degree in Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin Owen Keenan Owen Keenan is founder and managing director of Middlequarter a niche consultancy that since 2005 has worked with non profit and philanthropic organisations in Ireland and abroad He had previously worked for more than thirty years in the community and voluntary sector in Ireland mostly in positions of leadership and management including fifteen years 1990 2005 as Chief Executive of Barnardos which under his leadership grew to become a national organisation Owen currently serves on the boards of a number of organisations that seek to build the capacity of the non profit sector Owen served as President of the European Forum for Child Welfare 1996 8 and subsequently was elected president of the world body the International Forum for Child Welfare 2000 2 He is currently chair of the National Children s Advisory Council and of the Dissemination Initiative for Prevention and Early Intervention He chaired the Committee of Inquiry into the death of Kelly Fitzgerald 1995 In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dublin City University for his advocacy and services on behalf of vulnerable children Brigid Laffan Brigid Laffan PhD took office as the Principal of the College of Human Sciences University College Dublin in September 2004 In 1991 Professor Laffan was appointed as Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics in the Department of Politics UCD She was the founding Director of the Dublin European Institute UCD in 1999 In March 2004 she was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy She is a member of the Research Council of the European University EUI Florence the National Economic and Social Council NESC and the Irish Government s High Level Asia Strategy Group Professor Laffan is author of Integration and Co operation in Europe 1992 The Finances of the Union 1997 and co author of Europe s Experimental Union 2000 She has published numerous articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies and the European Journal of Public Policy Professor Laffan co ordinated a six country cross national research project Organising for Enlargement 2001 2004 financed by the EU Commission s Fifth Framework Programme and is part of an integrated research project on New Governance in Europe She was Chairperson of the Ireland for Europe citizens campaign for a Yes vote in the second Lisbon Treaty referendum Sylda Langford Sylda Langford is the former Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the Department of Health and Children Prior to this she was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Justice and Law Reform for nine years She has had extensive experience in policy and legislative work across a broad range of government areas She is Chair of the Citizen s Information Board

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  • Academic Team | We the Citizens
    be published by Oxford University Press later this year Dr Jane Suiter Dr Jane Suiter is a lecturer at the Department of Government UCC She specialises in political reform and in government spending Dr Suiter is the former project manager of The Irish National Election Study and economics editor at The Irish Times She has also worked for a wide variety of other media organisations including the Sunday Times the Sunday Independent the Financial Times Group and AP Dow Jones Dr Elaine Byrne Dr Elaine Byrne is an adjutant lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin where she teaches Comparative Political Reform Elaine is a co editor of www politicalreform ie established under the aegis of the Political Studies Association of Ireland PSAI Her first book A Crooked Harp Political Corruption in Ireland 1922 2010 will be published by Manchester University Press forthcoming 2011 Elaine has worked as a consultant for the United Nations and the World Bank She is a regular media contributor and her work has featured in the Irish Times the Sunday Business Post and the Guardian Dr Eoin O Malley Dr Eoin O Malley is a lecturer in political science at the

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  • Video Gallery | We the Citizens
    Video Gallery FAQs Useful Links News Contact Return to Content Video Gallery YouTube responded to TubePress with an HTTP 410 No longer available Recent Posts Senator Mac Conghail Welcomes Constitutional Convention Tanaiste welcomes We the Citizens findings Citizens Assembly on the Agenda Belgian Deliberative Democracy We the Citizens at MacGill Summer School Constitutional Convention Tweets from https twitter com JaneSuit lists constitutional convention About Us We the Citizens is a

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  • FAQs | We the Citizens
    head the failings of our political system failings which over the years had not been so obvious to us as an electorate We the Citizens see this as a cathartic moment which gives Irish people the possibility of helping to renew our country to redefine the things that we value about being Irish It is a chance to encourage the re structuring of our out dated institutions so that they better reflect the Ireland of the 21st century In short to make the system better able to serve the citizens of this state Who are We the Citizens A Board chaired by Fiach Mac Conghail Director of the Abbey Theatre and Independent Senator is overseeing the project The initiative is being managed by Executive Director Caroline Erskine from an office in Dublin Professor David Farrell of UCD is leading a comprehensive academic study of the process and the outcomes His research colleagues are Dr Jane Suiter of UCC Dr Eoin O Malley of DCU and Dr Elaine Byrne of TCD Caroline Erskine and two staff members work full time on the initiative There is also a high level international advisory board of academics with experience of best practice successful citizens assemblies in other countries The initiative is being carried out in association with the Irish Universities Association IUA the representative body of the seven Irish universities What is a National Citizens Assembly A Citizens Assembly is a way in which citizens can recapture trust in the political system by taking ownership of the decision making process It is form of deliberative democracy that has had terrific results in many parts of the world It involves rational reasoned discussion with a representative cross section of the population and uses various methods of inquiry such as directly questioning experts It is not adversarial although disagreement is inevitable and is valued not stifled A Citizens Assembly values creativity and tends to build consensus rather than seeking winning and losing sides but there is no requirement of unanimity Deliberative processes are not meant to replace representative or direct democracy but to enhance and support it If Ireland were to constitute a citizens assembly it would mean the people could be asked about their views on policy decisions rather than only having a say at periodic elections Examples sources of information Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform British Columbia Canada 2004 The Center for Deliberative Democracy Stanford University Icelandic National Assembly UK Power Inquiry UK Power2010 campaign America Speaks Who was invited to participate in the National Citizens Assembly In May and June of 2011 Ipsos MRBI conducted the fieldwork element of a research project that was undertaken by We the Citizens This survey was conducted amongst a nationally representative sample of 1 001 adults aged 18yrs via telephone A random digit dialling RDD approach was employed and listed unlisted and mobile phone numbers were used in order to ensure that all segments of the population were included The sample was quota controlled using the latest

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