The republican movement abandoned Éire Nua mainly because it was perceived as being a sop to Unionism. That accusation can hardly be thrown at it now, given the Good Friday agreement.
Eire Nua proposed four regional parliaments, as well as an all-island national one.
One of the main faults with Leinster house is the focus given to local issues rather than national – a perfect example of this is the way it has been consumed by Reilly’s primary health care centers. With regional Dáils or perhaps even more local assemblies such as County Councils to argue over such issues the national one would be free to focus on national issues, and the people elected to it would be elected on a national platform, rather than on a promise of getting the road fixed.
It would also go a way towards addressing the Dublin-centric nature of our current government, – the West has been massively neglected. With a regional Dáil this situation would be greatly improved. As for Ulster, it would perhaps ease the blow of the ending of the Union.
It’s clear that the current political system has failed the Irish people utterly – it’s dysfunctional, undemocratic and playing a major part in holding the Irish people down. An alternative system needs to be found. Instead of embracing the current system and trying to work around its crippling limitations we should be looking for a new way to do things. We need visionary politics, not a variation of a doomed theme.
Saoirse go Deo 8.10.2012