Thursday 20 September 2018

The financial battle behind referendum

Millions of euros are being raised to finance campaigns around the abortion vote, writes Maeve Sheehan

CONCERN: Ruth Coppinger is worried the pro-repeal campaign will be outspent
CONCERN: Ruth Coppinger is worried the pro-repeal campaign will be outspent
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Two of the biggest anti-abortion groups raised a total of almost €3m in public donations in a two-year period, demonstrating the earning power of a group that was last week said to be out-fundraising their referendum opponents.

Family & Life raised close to €2m in donations in the two years to 2016, while the Pro Life Campaign generated donations of almost €900,000 between 2014 and 2015, according to company accounts.

Accounts for a third company, The Life Institute - affiliated with the Save the 8th campaign - was funded by a long-term, interest-free loan of €231,000 from an un-named donor, also in 2016.

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