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Why didn’t anybody apologise for ‘rigging’ the referendum? They only regretted being caught

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Supreme Court of Ireland for upholding the sovereignty of the Irish people in the McCrystal decision.

In strong, clearly written judgments handed down in full on Dec 11, (in summary on Nov 8), Chief Justice Denham and Justices Fennelly, O’Donnell, Murray and Hardiman, explained the nature of our sovereignty, its institutional basis in the Irish Constitution and the vital role played by constitutional referenda in the exercise of that sovereignty.

The judgment makes clear that our Government and specifically, Minister Fitzgerald, in spending €1.1m of public funds on a one-sided and misleading “information campaign”, had “clear disregard” for the rules of referenda and as such for us, the sovereign people of Ireland.

The original reaction of Government to the summary judgment in November was raw and unplanned. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter ranted against the court and its finding, while Minister Fitzgerald denied responsibility and blamed others.

No one apologised for rigging the referendum, instead only expressing regret that they had been caught, nor was any attempt made to repair the injustice to the people of Ireland.

Opposition leader Micheál Martin’s reaction, which was a holier than thou finger pointing at government, was in a category of its own considering that as Minister for Foreign Affairs he had committed the same offence during the Lisbon campaigns. He only got away with it because no citizen took the risk to challenge him.

The Government’s reaction after the full McCrystal judgment of Dec 11 was in contrast smooth, controlled and planned.

Their crime against the people was spun as a virtue. It was, all an innocent mistake done “in good faith” so no hard feeling and of course no consequences or payback of funds ... nothing in fact to stop them doing it again.

I am sure that citizens, who in truly good faith, abstained from the household charge who are now being harassed by Government, are fuming at this double standard.

And what about carers, parents, schools, hospitals, etc? Any one of them could tell us where the misused funds should go.

Thankfully, in this situation Irish people are determined to defend their sovereignty. Turning to the courts, which have proven themselves faithful to their mission of defending it, more citizens have bravely come forward to demand their right to fair and free referenda in connection with “children’s rights” and every other issue put to the people.

This is one of the many, many signs that there is a real change happening. The Irish people who have been very patient and long suffering are on the move… the household tax revolt, Seamus Sherlock, DDI, daily protests, etc.

With a blatantly anti-child, anti-family, anti-jobs and anti-growth budget which condemns the country to permanent poverty, and with the immediate threat of legalised abortion, people are finally saying enough is enough, we want our country back and we are going to get it.

Politicians beware — the People of Ireland are back.

Kathy Sinnott

Ballinhassig

Co Cork


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