Childrens referendum challenge adjourned for a week
A challenge against the State’s alleged use of more than €1.1m of public money on an information campaign about the Children’s Referendum will be heard by the High Court early next week.
The action has been brought by Mr Mark McCrystal who claims the Government has been using information in its information campaign that is not neutral and is designed, intended and likely to promote a yes vote in the November 10 referendum.
Mr McCrystal has brought proceedings against the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, The Government of Ireland, Ireland and the Attorney General.
On Friday, Mr McCrystal secured permission to serve notice of his proceedings against the State, which is opposing his action.
This morning when the matter returned before the Court Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, who agreed that the matter was urgent, fixed the hearing of action to Tuesday of next week. The judge said that would be enough time for both side to prepare their cases, given that polling day was November 10, next.
The State, represented by David Hardiman SC had asked for time in order to respond to Mr McCrystal’s claim. Counsel said that the State, whose case was much broader than the Mr McCrystal’s, would not be ready until next week.
An independent expert would be required to give an opinion on the material which Mr McCrystal complains of, counsel added.
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