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Saturday 25 January 2020

Ministers hope referendum glitch will boost Yes

Fionnan Sheahan, Fiach Kelly and Dearbhail McDonald

THE Coalition is banking on the last-minute children's referendum controversy galvanising Yes voters today.

But ministers are also nervous the fiasco might sway soft voters to stay away or vote No.

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Government's information campaign was not "fair, equal and impartial".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny got the focus back on appealing for a Yes vote to strengthen children's rights, following some below-par performances from Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Justice Minister Alan Shatter in the wake of the court ruling.

Veteran referendum analysts reckon the turnout will be below 40pc. A post-mortem is also expected over the coming weeks about where the information leaflet went wrong and the challenges posed by the McKenna judgment on not using taxpayer's money to advocate a Yes vote in referendums.

Irish Independent

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