The Referendum Commission started printing its guide to last year’s blasphemy referendum a week before the Government had announced the polling day - because it feared it would not have enough time to produce the leaflets due to the delay in declaring the date.
The Psychological Society of Ireland has firmly come out in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and has published two papers which it says counters “false facts that are not based on scientific research”.
OVER the last week or so we have seen the High Court play a very hands-on role in our public affairs, so much so that national media organisations — RTÉ and The Irish Times — had to go to the court to have decisions clarified so they could publish reports of the Dáil proceedings without fear.
Extending civil marriage rights to same-sex couples has been backed by the National Youth Council of Ireland. The endorsement came as Taoiseach Enda Kenny urged a large turnout for the May 22 poll as Government sources expressed jitters over a drift to the no side in the marriage equality referendum.
A seven-judge Supreme Court has unanimously refused to order a rerunning of the 2012 Children’s Referendum after finding a Dublin woman had failed to prove an unconstititional government information campaign “materially affected” the yes outcome.
Fergus Finlay (Irish Examiner, April 21) opines that adoption of the referendum proposal on May 22 to lower the age limit of presidential candidates from 35 years to 21 years would be an expression of Ireland coming of age with ‘a young uncynical President’, as if the role of head of state is to become a random and unstructured social science experiment.