Ireland should follow Iceland with new constitution

Downtown Reykjavik, Image from smh.com

Iceland’s parliamentarians have voted for an assembly of ordinary people who will re-write the country’s constitution, and we should follow suit says Labour Party MEP Nessa Childers.

Eamon Gilmore has already indicated that a review of our constitution will be an important feature in any Labour government and Nessa has drawn a parallel between our experience and theirs, and says we should follow Iceland’s example: “Like us, the Icelanders have endured a terrible economical and political crisis. It is time to fundamentally reassess how our state operates. A revised constitution would establish a new social contract between the state institutions and all its citizens in a process that can help us on the road to national renewal and recovery. Read full text here

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