Thursday 22 March 2018

Yes campaign to spend €800,000 but No side still waits for funding

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

THE Yes side in the Children's Rights Referendum is set to spend €800,000 over the next four weeks of the campaign.

No group has emerged on the No side with anywhere near that level of funding.

The biggest contribution to the Yes vote, €450,000, is to be spent by non-governmental organisation Yes for Children, which has the backing of Barnardos, the ISPCC and the Children's Right Alliance.

It is linked to Campaign for Children, chaired by former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness, which was established in 2010.

Last week, Yes for Children began a bus tour of the country to promote a Yes vote and its posters have started to appear nationwide.

Campaign for Children has received donations to the tune of €1.7m from the One Foundation established by Ryanair heir Declan Ryan, and American billionaire Chuck Feeney.

Fine Gael, meanwhile, said that its spending "will be in keeping with spending on previous referendum campaigns".

A party spokeswoman said it had spent "around €250,000 to €300,000" on the stability treaty poll earlier this year.

It is understood that the Labour Party will spend around €75,000. Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein also plan to campaign.

Former MEP Kathy Sinnott said that she wasn't aware of any group on the No side that had funding to conduct a campaign.

Irish Independent

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