Government 'acted in good faith' despite referendum information failings

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has found the Government acted in good faith in its information campaign on the Children’s Referendum despite failing to hold the scales equally.

The Supreme Court has today delivered reasons in four separate judgments why it ruled last month in favour of Dublin engineer Mark McCrystal who alleged that the Government spent €1.1m putting out one-sided information.

Chief Justice Susan Denham criticises phrases used in the website, advertisements and booklet such as "protecting children" and "supporting families".

She also found it is questionable whether it was wise to ask the Children’s Minister, who was promoting a referendum on behalf of the Government, to publish neutral information on the referendum.

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