Wednesday 18 January 2017

State-funded bodies should stay out of referendum campaign

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

Patricia McKenna
Patricia McKenna

Before the marriage referendum campaign comes to an end, I think it is important to highlight what I believe are serious breaches of the rules regarding the involvement of publicly funded bodies such as the IDA in the campaign, and the unprecedented intervention of the Garda Representative Association (GRA).

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When I was an MEP, I successfully challenged the unconstitutional use of taxpayers' money in referenda.

While I am a Yes voter, I do not believe I can turn a blind eye to what are clearly exceptional breaches of the rules to secure the result I want.

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