A good friend sent me this over the weekend. He knows the person concerned and speaks highly of him. I trust his judgement and I like what I read - I think anyone prepared to get off their backside instead of just moaning deserves support - Better to light a candle than curse the darkness - See what you think:
My name is Peter Nevin and I work here in Limerick as a psychotherapist. Through my work, I have come to appreciate and value the positive change that comes about when clients take on personal responsibility for the way they live their lives.
I have been following the debate on political reform and I believe that there is an appetite for, and an ability to produce reform now. I have no experience of political activism or affiliation; I write as an individual who is passionate about voting and concerned about our country and wish to see greater engagement by all in the running of our country.
I have launched a petition calling for the establishment of a Citizen's Assembly on Political Reform. This would be modelled on the Citizen's Assembly that was formed in British Colombia in 2004/2005 which led to increased public participation and political reform.
Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, a petition can be raised by the people of the EU, calling for change. Any such petition requires one million signatures across one-quarter of the countries within the EU before it can be put to a referendum. If that same level of representation across the EU is applied to within Ireland, it would be the equivalent of approx. 9,000 people in at least 11 constituencies signing a petition.
The petition form can be downloaded from the website
www.talktherapylimerick.ie Look under the 'News' tab.