|Description||Direct Democracy Ireland is a minor Irish political party, established in 2010, and which achieved official recognition in October 2012. Founded by Raymond Whiteread, the party describes itself as neither "left or right, but about balance", seeking to transform the political system from representative democracy to direct democracy, similar to the political model of Switzerland. |
The party has three principal aims:
To allow citizens to petition for a referendum on any issue through the collection of a certain number of signatures.
To allow for the recall of non-performing politicians.
To create realistic economic policies based on public debate.
Four party offices have been established, with two located in Dublin, one in Kildare, and the fourth in Trim, County Meath. On 5 March, Direct Democracy Ireland announced that Ben Gilroy would stand for the party in the Meath East by-election, to be held on 27 March 2013