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Monday April 23, 2018 11:49 by Seamus nolan
Is a 13 year old the best candidate for Irelandís 10th president?
It may seem absurd but this campaign calls for the nomination of William Delaney 1957 -1970 as a presidential candidate for the forth coming 2018 elections. A child who received a 6 year prison sentence to Letterfrack industrial school for stealing a loaf of bread, a sentence which cost him his life. Our state has failed to honour the victims of institutional abuse, to call to task the collaborators and perpetrators of abuse and violence again the most vulnerable, or to treat the victims with anything amounting to the measure of dignity which any living creature deserves.
10th President of Ireland is a campaign to appoint the deceased child William Delaney as Ireland's 10th President in 2018.
William Delaney was one of many children who have died whilst in the care of the State and the religious orders appointed to the management of child care in Ireland and across the globe.
How would this be possible
In order to be eligible for nomination,a candidate must fulfill the following criteria
be a citizen of Ireland,
be at least 35 years of age, and
be nominated by:
at least twenty of the 218 serving members of the Houses of the Oireachtas, or
at least 4 of the 31 county or city councils, or
him- or herself, in the case of an incumbent or former president who has served one term.
One citizen of Ireland, who is over the age of 35 will change their name to 'William Delaney 1957 - 1970' That citizen will never be identified. Nominations by 4 county or city councils will be sought, in order to get William Delaney 1957 - 1970 onto the ballot sheet. Once achieved the citizen will change their name back and never be identified. Once on the ballot sheet William Delaney 1957 - 1970 can not be removed and the people of Ireland will have the opportunity to vote William as the 10th President of Ireland.
If nominated or elected, from that point forward every adult or child who opens a history book will learn of the present generationís willingness to embrace the mistakes of the past and value those who have suffered so deeply. This is a commemoration not just to the survivors of institutional abuse, but to those who did not survive, those who have been implicated by history in their silence and failure to intervene, and to those who are brave enough to acknowledge our collective failing.
Please sign the petition