Saturday 25 January 2020

D-Day for challenge to 'biased' Yes push

Tim Healy

THE High Court will rule today on a challenge to the Government spending €1.1m on an allegedly one-sided campaign on the Children's Referendum.

Engineer Mark McCrystal says the Government is using information that is not neutral but designed, intended and likely to promote a particular outcome in the November 10 poll.

Mr McCrystal, of Kilbarrack Road, Dublin, claims the State is in breach of the 1995 Supreme Court judgment requiring referendums to be explained to the public impartially.

While he has no objection to the State arguing for a Yes vote, it may only do so by means not involving expenditure of public money, he says.

In his action against the Minister for Children, the Government, Ireland and the Attorney General he wants a declaration that they are not entitled to use public money on a website, booklet and advertising campaign concerning the vote.

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns will give his decision today.

Irish Independent

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