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Dearbhail McDonald: Children's referendum: a Supreme putdown

LAST month the Supreme Court ruled that the Government's €1.1m information campaign for the Children's Referendum – one that ran parallel to that of the Referendum Commission – was not impartial and breached the McKenna rules which ban the Government from using public funds to advocate a particular outcome in a referendum.

The fact that the Government's information campaign was shot down was bad enough – the self-inflicted wound may yet lead to the appalling and unprecedented political vista of the outcome of a referendum being set aside.


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