Debt is the single biggest issue of our century – Primetime Monday 19, 2014

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Debt is the single biggest issue facing the Irish people this century both on a national and European stage.  When history comes to be written the issue of debt in our time will be as big an issue as the famine was in the 19th century. And ironically, the misery caused by both – the deaths, suicides, emigration and homelessness – are utterly preventable.


We know that we hold 42 percent of the debt from the banking crisis in Europe. We also know this is wrong, that this is an unjust debt, an odious debt.


The current government was voted in three years ago with an overwhelming mandate to renegotiate this debt but they did nothing. They did not even ask for a single cent back.


This is why I want to go to Europe to right that wrong.
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Why should you send me to Europe? I have personally felt the impact of austerity in a real and painful fashion. Last year the banks repossessed my home, my business failed and bailiffs called to my door. I tried the Insolvency Service but I was too broke. I was forced to go bankrupt. But as I hit rock bottom I started fighting back. As a bankrupt I was not allowed to run for public office so I took a case against the government in the High Court claiming my constitutional rights were being infringed. As soon as I had a trial date, the government backed down and rushed through the law to allow me to run. On April 16, 2014, I changed the law.


Now I want to go to Europe to fight the odious debt, the haemorrhaging of billions into Europe that could be used to stop the suffering and misery here.


In short, I have the tee-shirt, the experience and the passion to make a difference.

Vote Jill and send me to Europe.

Thank you

Link to Prime Time here – I am first on at minute 33  




Shane Ross endorses Jillian Godsil – with Diarmuid O’Flynn

Deputy Shane Ross has announced he is endorsing my candidacy for Ireland South in the upcoming European European elections. He has also taken the unusual step of endorsing a fellow Independent Candidate Diarmuid O’Flynn, founder of the Ballyhea Protestors. We are both running in Ireland South. The election is on May 23rd.

Last night Shane announced on Twitter:

I will endorse both Jillian Godsil AND Diarmuid O’Flynn for Europe. Two noble independent battlers. Both deserve seats. Sorry decision delay.

Please find his tweet here 

This is an outstanding day for democracy. Irish citizens now have the option to vote for the people of their choice and not be curtailed by party politics. It sends a clear signal to the government that Independents are the new Opposition.

I personally am very honoured to have received Shane’s endorsement. I am also proud to be endorsed alongside Diarmuid O’Flynn whose dedication to Ireland and justice is unrivalled,


To be named by one Irish patriot in the company of another is a wonderful day indeed.

I came to prominence over the past three years when I very publicly documented my personal descent into financial misery; divorce and recession combined to force the collapse of my business, the repossession of my home by the banks and finally push me into bankruptcy. But even as I hit rock bottom, I began fighting back for people in similar distress. I am tireless in calling out the injustice of leaving the banks in charge, in the unfit for purpose insolvency laws and the lack of transparency in Ireland. On April 16 I single handedly changed the laws in Ireland, removing the ban on bankrupts to run for public office, and now I have set my sights on Europe – to undo the unjust burden of 42% of the banking debt on the Irish people.

l was once called the brokest woman in Ireland. If voted into Europe, I can wear the title of the brokest woman in Europe for the Insolvency Service has vowed to take any salary off me for the next eight years – to give it to the banks!

Before becoming bankrupt, I had serious international experience having held senior jobs in London, Sydney and Singapore. I am no stranger to international business. I will moreover use my journalist and broadcast skills to shine a light into Europe. My planned regular TV programme has a working title #thegravytrain.

Please vote Independent on May 23rd.


thank you