Stephen Donnelly chooses WHO over Irish sovereignty.
Ireland will be signing up to the WHO pandemic treaty
As many people know, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1st 1939 Britain and France immediately declared war on Germany. What followed afterwards was an 8 month period often referred to by historians as the “Phony War”. A period during which very little actual fighting took place. The Phony War ended with Germany’s invasion of France and the low countries of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in May of the following year.
In late January of 2022, Ireland, surprisingly dropped most of its pandemic restrictions. Well, I was most surprised at any rate. Perhaps readers were not. What has followed from this date, in the interim three months, might well best be described as a phony war of sorts too. If not a phony war then at least an uneasy truce.
In response, many protest and freedom movements simultaneously breathed a sigh of relief while suspiciously wondering what the hell was going to come next. It was scarcely believable that after six months of constant government, state and media oppression not to mention the destruction of civil liberties that they would all give up - and all at once too.
Additionally, it was hard to focus as these entities all stopped informing us of their long-term intentions. It has been my suspicion since early to mid February that the government and its EU partners were moving away from a focus on rapidly diminishing vaccination returns. And moving instead to a broader, EU-wide, public entrapment. To do this involves moving some pretty hefty pieces. One of them, which I will discuss today, involves coordinating Health policies and pandemic responses. The EU and WHO as partners.
The opening move in this proposed citizen encirclement is a legally binding WHO pandemic treaty with nation states. This treaty is breath-taking in its audacity and was the prime reason that a number of us in Galway asked Lawyers for Justice to come down to give us a detailed presentation on the topic two weeks ago. So as to formulate a better understanding of the nuances of this treaty but also the language of it too.
I often wonder if the true expertise of the legally minded is obfuscation of language. An ability to couch shocking proposals in language that is indecipherable to the masses. That is why supporting decent, hard-working people like Lawyers for Justice is so important. They decipher the indecipherable. I would encourage people to support their leadership & direction in this arena too.
Today, Minister Stephen Donnelly officially confirmed our suspicions and announced that Ireland will indeed be signing up to the WHO pandemic treaty. As mentioned above, a legally binding treaty, that will allow the WHO to officially take the reins and direct our sovereign response to a pandemic. In other words, elected Irish politicians or our Health authorities will not be formulating the response. The World Health Organisation will be the entity charged with that function. Undoubtedly we will have some representation at this new WHO level but it will no longer be a response driven by the needs or will of Irish people. It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that official Ireland, and Minister Donnelly in particular, don’t want the responsibility and seemingly can’t wait to give away that authority quickly enough. Our authority lest we forget.
The key point to note about Minister Donnelly’s revelation this morning is that he didn’t volunteer the treaty information. In fact, it was Independent TD, Carol Nolan who directly posed the WHO Treaty question to Health Minister Donnelly. During the course of her question, Nolan revealed, that she was, and is, getting inundated with queries from concerned constituents about this WHO treaty topic. She should be commended for forcing the issue to a public head. It reveals too that constituents across every constituency in Ireland are awake to the issue already. That is heartening to know.
The key sentence in Minister Donnelly’s reply to deputy Nolan is this one:
“Ireland supports the WHO led process to negotiate a binding legal instrument on pandemic preparedness and response.”
The Phony war is over folks. Germany, as it were, has begun rolling out its panzer divisions. Unbelievably, actual tank divisions in far flung parts of the world are part of what is being utilized to distract us at the present moment in time. That is not to say the Ukraine/ Russia war is not of itself a very real, deadly and horrific conflict with massive global implications but rather a reminder that malcontents will never let a good crisis go to waste in pursuit of their dastardly goals. However, there is hope in some of the language Donnelly used in his statement on the subject.
“The EU is a leading proponent of this process and Ireland, along with a majority of EU Member States, is part of the Group of Friends of the Treaty. Officials in my Department, working with Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the UN in Geneva, are engaging with the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body.”
He used the words “ a majority of EU member states”. While, this might seem worrying on first read, I believe it offers hope. It means there isn’t the unilateral agreement of ALL member states at this point in time. It also doesn’t say: “ vast majority of EU member states “ - which would lead me to believe that the fight for this proposal is a long way from signed, sealed and delivered. Minister Donnelly’s approach is to get this over the line by stealth. Similiar, in many respects, to how domestic COVID passports were introduced in Ireland. With stealth and a hint of pub & restaurant bribery. It is unfortunate but most helpful to him that the media is distracting the minds of the nation with non-stop Ukraine war coverage.
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It is clear that many governments are using the war in Ukraine to deflect attention away from their Covid policies of the past two years and the continued, quiet roll-outs of vaccines. It seems as if the Irish government are attempting to slip the WHO treaty in under a radar of death, destruction and the greatest refugee crisis in modern European history. This type of monumental decision requires a referendum of the people not some quiet shuffling of papers and signatures in a darkened room of government buildings. There was no mention of a referendum in his remarks on this subject today.
However, the situation is not without hope and curiously that hope is visible from the most recent vaccination data released by the HSE. Whisper it, people in Ireland are starting to quietly reject vaccination as the best solution or response to COVID as we move into the future.
The key statistic in the above graph is that only 22% of the 5-11 year old population in Ireland are currently vaccinated. The 5-11 year old population was the last major HSE vaccination battle-ground before restrictions were lifted and the domestic Covid pass was dropped last January. What the data above reveals is that a majority of double and triple-vaccinated parents chose NOT to vaccinate their young children. Also, it would seem from the data, that only 73% of the adult population is triple vaccinated. A big drop from the circa 92% that were double vaccinated at Christmas time. To me, that suggests that Irish people are starting to question the health authorities.
So today, in the space of three months, we find our minds and newsfeeds filled not with any of the above information, or indeed, an examination of Ireland’s significant shift away from vaccines but instead with the very real horrors of a new war. Our battles against coronavirus altogether forgotten. Yet, all the while, the WHO and global interests have been quietly edging us closer to this WHO pandemic treaty. A treaty where we volunteer to sign away our sovereign right to formulate an Irish response to an Irish health crisis if it has global pandemic implications. As I have written previously, ordinary citizens of the world are being coerced and scared into believing that all problems in their everyday life require a global response from some non-democratic global entity. Individual rights need to be sacrificed for the global greater good.
This WHO pandemic treaty is a monumentally huge change of direction for Ireland, so you might rightfully enquire the following:
What has been the response of the Irish media to it, in the first critical hours following the Donnelly Dail revelation?
Nada. Nothing. A quick scan of all the on-line national papers and indeed the RTE News website reveals that this bombshell has not made it into their breaking news. At all. This is most instructive, as it most likely means, the Irish media controllers are fully on-board with the WHO proposals. Media similiar to politicians nowadays only respond to significant public pressure before they write a damn thing about it. So, at the moment, assume the mainstream Irish media is fully onboard with the signing away of our health sovereignty. Record that in the memory bank in the days and weeks ahead.
It is my belief, and I should firmly outline this is only my opinion, that Stephen Donnelly will resign from the Health ministry once the bones of this treaty are in place and signed. He is roundly despised by any grassroot Fianna Fail people I meet on a day-to-day basis. In their minds he used Fianna Fail as a stepping stone to get where he wanted to go.
Donnelly knows the sentiments of the party I am sure and also understands that he will get to no higher rung of the ladder in Irish political life. He has made a recent mistake though that might well be significant if taken advantage of correctly. He or his officials made a catastrophic error in their dealing with Dr Holohan’s under the counter type deal with Trinity College Dublin. It was a strategic error to draw negative attention to himself and the department of Health in this way. Crucially, it also made the Taoiseach, Michael Martin look terrible and uninformed. Martin is really the only significant Donnelly cheerleader in the Fianna Fail party.
This whole episode provided an ugly window into how the upper echelons of the Health department operate and specifically how decisions about huge public salaries and secondments are so casually dealt with by them. Politically speaking, it was disastrous for Minister Donnelly as it gave Fianna Fail back-benchers a stick to beat him with as Marc McSharry did when he publicly came out against the deal. When I saw that I figured it was curtains for the whole charade.
This WHO decision will get more unpopular once more ordinary people uncover and comprehend the details of what is contained within it. The focus needs to be public awareness now. Thanks to the Holohan decision, it will be fresh in the minds of Fianna Fail grassroots they already don’t like Minister Donnelly’s decision making or lack of it. Let’s help them not to forget.
In essence, Minister Donnelly has used up his one and only “ Get out of Jail free card “ with the party faithful. So, to circle back, as Jen Psaki might say, cogent and easily digestible public awareness of the Treaty details should be priority number one for protest groups. Just make people aware of it, especially with Independents, Fianna Fail backbench TDs and their associated supporters. By the way, don’t expect help from the media for the job at hand.
Now, Minister Donnelly’s a bright guy. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that he is not. He knows his future re-election chances are slim even without getting this Treaty over the line. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t already have a political exit strategy. It would be my opinion that he has future plans that don’t involve electoral politics. The Fianna Fail donkey has carried him as far as it can and he plans to hop off before he is kicked off. My guess is he’ll appear in a leadership position at some global entity, who knows, maybe even in the WHO in some not too distant future. Or else decamp back to the mothership from whence he previously came. As our lives become increasingly Dickensian his may prove to be altogether more McKinsey-ian. Whatever path he chooses it will be a lot more bountiful than ours. Rest assured of that fact.
The battle lines are publicly drawn now. You can petition, you can protest, you can enlighten and educate the people who are ignorant to what is going on.
But maybe, first and foremost, remind the Fianna Fail donkey it has two hind legs.
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