I can stop sleeping with my assenters now

You’ll be glad to hear that I can stop sleeping with my assenters now. For the past two weeks I have done nothing but talk, breathe and sleep my assenters. In my tiny house, my centre of elections has been my bedroom and as the days moved closer to the nominations date, I slept on less and less of my bed as the assenter forms took over. It was the filmic equivalent of the march of the assenter forms.


I should pause to explain. In lieu of a financial deposit, candidates can collect assenter forms. For local elections 15 are required, for European a weighty 60 are needed. These forms do not commit the assenter to supporting the candidate, voting for the candidate or even suggesting the candidate is of sound mind. However each and every assenter must be a registered voter in the same constituency as the candidate. And, here is where it gets difficult, each assenter must have their form witnessed by a garda or a commissioner of oaths.

It was suggested that it might be easier to lodge a deposit and I cannot argue with that sentiment, except when the modest deposit of €100 for the local office is half my weekly income. As for the €1800 required for Europeans? Well, my children would need to forgo sustenance for some weeks to stomp up that amount.

So instead I opted for assenter forms. Friends would run in the opposite direction when they saw me coming. I compulsively counted and recounted my growing stack of forms like a miserly Santa checking his lists. I pestered friends, I chased acquaintances and I even accosted strangers. ‘Give me your form’ was my battle cry in place of ‘Give me your vote.’

On Friday I travelled down to Cork to lodge my forms and yesterday I did the same in Wicklow. I am now officially on the ballot. My bed is returned to me. My friends can relax when they see me coming. And now instead of asking for your form, I am asking for your vote. Let the battle commence!


And now for something completely different: As I was driving home yesterday from lodging my forms in Wicklow, a bird – well I presume it was bird – defecated on my windscreen and across the roof of my car. From the pictures below you can see why I question the originator of the excrement. The whole car shook. Once I got over my shock I started to laugh. I am of the opinion that bird pooh is lucky, a sentiment perhaps to cover the mess, but nevertheless I have always had this notion. Given that thought, I realised I must be one of the luckiest people in the kingdom!


It is that simple – really!

History is littered with examples of ordinary people making the impossible possible


Think Rosa Parkes and the civil rights movement

Think of that student in front of the Tank in Tiananmen Square

Think of the little boy and the Emperor’s New Clothes (ok he was fictional)

Think of the power of someone who has nothing to lose and everything to gain


Think of me and give me your vote on May 23rd

I have changed the law. I can do so much more.

Send me to Europe to ask for our money back.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:  ‘You have not failed until you have quit trying.’

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Irish Film makers launch hard hitting documentary to tell An Uncomfortable Truth




Irish Film Makers Daragh Murphy (November Seven Films) and David Martin Murphy (No Labels) today launch a new hard hitting documentary called An Uncomfortable Truth. The film duo claim the documentary will lay bare the truth behind the collapse of the Celtic Tiger and tell the story that Europe did not want to hear.

The documentary takes its focus from one of the first Irish female bankrupts under the new Insolvency laws. Jillian Godsil (the bankruptshee) lost everything in a cruel twist of fate leaving her homeless, her business crushed and without income. At the same time, her searing honesty propelled her front and foremost of every conversation on debt in Ireland – and abroad. In 2011, she made a video to sell her home, it went viral, she went viral and subsequently appeared on television all over the world, telling the story of what it was like in Ireland post the Celtic Tiger. However, as Ireland was forced into the unjust position of propping up the Euro, Europe stopping asking for the truth. In fact, the truth about the terrible cost of austerity inflicted on the Irish people was systematically hidden.  A subversion of the truth that was aided and abetted by the government of the day.

The duo track Jillian as she seeks out the truth about really happened to Ireland and the awful price paid by its people, a price sometimes paid in the ultimate currency, the loss of life itself.

Jillian is a fearless campaigner for truth and justice – a role that was forced upon her through circumstance. As part of her fight, she also successfully changed the law this month to allow bankrupts, to allow her, to run for European Elections on May 23rd, 2014.

‘If successful, I will be the whistleblower for my country in Europe,’ says Jillian. ‘Even as I bear witness in this documentary, I will go to Europe and do the same.’

This is the documentary that they didn’t want made. This is the story they wanted to bury. This is the truth that no one in Europe wanted to admit. This is the story of Modern Ireland.  This is the story of Ireland in Austerity – the real story.



Murphy and Murphy have come together to tell the story of Modern Ireland. The Ireland that did not rebel, the Ireland that did not overthrow its corrupt leaders, the Ireland that did not eject its politicians – but the Ireland that is suffering daily, the Ireland that has 40 times more debt per capita than any other Euro Nation, the Ireland who has pushed debt on its children’s children and the Ireland that was sold a pup for Europe. They didn’t want to know but they are going to tell anyway.

An Uncomfortable Truth is the result.

An Uncomfortable Truth is backed by Powerscourt Capital and is seeking funding now on fundit.ie: http://fundit.ie/project/an-uncomfortable-truth-the-documentary. To be part of this ground breaking documentary visit the site and pledge your money now.

Daragh Murphy – Director.

Daragh is an award winning filmmaker based in Dublin. A graduate of The New York Film Academy, Daragh has directed numerous Short Films, Music Videos, Commercials and Documentaries in New York, India, Australia and Ireland. In 2012, Daragh set up November Seven Films, an Irish film production company, which also houses a full Editing Suite and a motion graphics and animation studio.

David Murphy – Producer

David is a Dublin based Producer with extensive experience in the music & creative industries. He has a history of business development & marketing, and creative consultancy. He recently set up his own company Without Labels, a multi-disciplinary creative arts and management agency. He is working on numerous Documentary Projects both in Ireland and overseas.





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Independents can make a difference – the Power of One



The power of ONE can change laws. Do no doubt where there is a will there is a way. Where one person can change laws, think what many people can do.

On Tuesday April 1, 2014, The Irish Cabinet agreed to reverse the ban on bankrupts running for public office. This is a monumental change. The law has been in place since the foundation of the State. In fact, this law prohibited James Larkin from taking up his Dail seat in 1927. The Cabinet is now rushing through a bill that will alter this in time for nominations for the European Elections on April 17.

This is directly attributable to my legal case in the High Court.  I had brought a case to challenge the ban on bankrupts. Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court, was unable for time constraints to hear my case before April 17 and so had set a date for July. However, given the incontrovertible case in favour of changing the law, Government acted with sense. Now, that is not a comment I would have thought to have made in recent years. It acted with sense and took action to reverse the ban in time for April 17.

Why did it need to be changed? It makes no sense (there is that word again). A person bankrupted in another country can run for the Dail or remain in the Dail, but if they are bankrupted here they cannot. This archaic law was formed in times were bankruptcy was seen as a moral failure, not a business condition. This change should have been incorporated in the new Insolvency and Bankruptcy laws but was overlooked – along with a whole raft of other issues. I raised the challenge to highlight these new laws which are sadly lacking in common sense. Our Insolvency Laws are still not fit for purpose. A report issued yesterday demonstrates this clearly with only 4 cases completed using the Insolvency Service and more than 60 people using bankruptcy. The laws need to be changed – quickly – to help people in debt. Having been through the whole process I know how to fix it; creating clean, business-like and compassionate law. Law that reflects the society we want to live in, not the polarised version we exist in at the moment

Back to the power of One – If one person can change law, think what many can do. Voting for an independent can make a difference. I have made a difference already – and I’m not even formally on the ballot paper.

Of course, even an Independent needs help and I have to thank the amazing legal team behind the court case: Dr Michael Forde. Richard Humphries, Colm MacGeehin and Ruandhan.

Think on this:

There is a well-documented swing away from political party voting towards Independents, it is coupled with a general feeling of disillusionment and disenfranchisement as a whole. I am not a betting woman but if I were, I would hazard a bet that we will see an all-time low in turn out for the coming local and European elections.

This disillusionment can be directly linked back to the General Election three years ago where Fianna Fail got their comeuppance and Fine Gael / Labour were given a clear and powerful mandate to reverse cronyism and fight for Ireland in Europe. This mandate was totally ignored.

‘Isn’t that what you do during an election’ said Pat Rabitte

What? Tell lies? Bald and bad political thinking at its worst.

So people moved their support to Independents who were at least not directly culpable for creating the mess or indeed for perpetuating it; independents who were not tied to the party whip and who could vote with their conscience not according to the latest political expediency.

But the big problem facing Independents is that they lack power. Their very independence means they don’t have the big political wheels churning behind them.


I have made a difference. Come join me and make a difference. Think what we can to when we all come together.

Irish Men and Irish Women – for the sake of Democracy – Let us all Unite

Jillian Godsil