Sunday 18 February 2018

John-Paul McCarthy: Balancing act as Government and parties shackled by courts

Two underwhelming referendum judgements have opened the door to Ganley & co, writes John-Paul McCarthy

The morning after The Frontline debate between the Tanaiste and Declan Ganley, I dug out the Supreme Court's judgements in the referendum cases, McKenna V An Taoiseach (No 2), and Coughlan v Broadcasting Complaints Commission.

Having listened to the No side's heavy breathing about the largely imaginary "Irish Veto" in EU matters for the millionth time, I read McKenna and Coughlan looking for someone to blame.

Had our Supreme Court done a persuasive job when it ordered RTE to hold the scales equally between the jousting political parties?

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