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Thread: Report suppressed: High Court Judge warned Government last August on risk of issuing its own booklet

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    Default Report suppressed: High Court Judge warned Government last August on risk of issuing its own booklet

    The Independent claims that the Government is sitting on a critical report from the Chair of the Fiscal Treaty RefCom about publishing its own materials in parallel to the Commission.

    'The Government was warned by High Court judge Kevin Feeney that its controversial information booklets delivered along with the independent referendum watchdog's literature had caused confusion among voters during the previous referendum, on the EU Fiscal Treaty.

    In its report on that vote held last May, the Referendum Commission, headed by Mr Justice Feeney, said its research after the event found the dual campaigns caused problems.

    The critical comments on the Government's information campaign are contained in the conclusions of the report provided to the Department of the Environment in August. But the report has yet to be released.'

    Government ignored judge's warning ... - National News - Independent.ie

    The headine contains an error because the story is about the Fiscal Treaty booklet and related material issued at public expense by the Government rather than the latest referendum.

    There was no legal action on that occasion. Perhaps the Government thought they were out the gap for good.
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    Sure enough, there is no sign of Judge Feeney's report on the RefCom site, even though it has reports on the two later referendums.

    Past Referendums - The Referendum Commission
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    The govt must cease confusing voters with partisan and biased misinformation-booklets. One can only conclude that with their two-thirds majority the power is going to their heads.
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    Running a fair referendum is easy.

    Yet successive governments manage to avoid doing that, time after time.

    Better luck next time?
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    So why have they not published Judge Feeney's report?
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    The "independent" RefCom also have a case to answer for their booklet for that particular referendum. They used tried and tested advertising techniques within the booklet to advertise a Yes. They used a PR company used by FG which hardly instills confidence with regard to impartiality.

    With the current one, the "Stability" treaty and the re-running of referenda when the Government of the day don't get the result they want.... the whole idea of a public vote to change the Constitution is becoming a travesty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emulator View Post

    With the current one, the "Stability" treaty and the re-running of referenda when the Government of the day don't get the result they want.... the whole idea of a public vote to change the Constitution is becoming a travesty.
    End justifies means?
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    Quote Originally Posted by He3 View Post
    End justifies means?
    Maybe so....

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    Imagine if we had a government that suppressed a report from a High Court judge, about its conduct in relation to a Constitutional matter.

    Imagine that government continued to act in defiance of the Judge's warning.

    Imagine that all came out in the wash - and nobody blinked.

    Nah, impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by He3 View Post
    Imagine if we had a government that suppressed a report from a High Court judge, about its conduct in relation to a Constitutional matter.

    Imagine that government continued to act in defiance of the Judge's warning.

    Imagine that all came out in the wash - and nobody blinked.

    Nah, impossible.
    The Law and Order party indeed. This Country is heading for some dark times....

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