Monday 23 April 2018

Neither-seen-nor-heard campaign is not giving up

No vote advocates argue the proposed changes are flawed and will make an incompetent system more powerful, writes Jerome Reilly

The Government has spent some €1.1m on the information campaign for the Children's Referendum ahead of voting next Saturday. Opponents have claimed that the taxpayer-funded campaign is one-sided, but a legal challenge by engineer Mark McCrystal -- that the State's information booklet, website and advertising campaign are designed, intended and likely to promote a particular outcome -- failed to convince the President of the High Court.

The Court last week rejected the McCrystal challenge and also awarded the State its costs, ruling that the issues raised were not of exceptional public importance. Mr McCrystal's legal team have indicated they will appeal to the Supreme Court.

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