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Fifty-fifty referendum coverage must continue – Sinn Féin

2 October, 2012 - by Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has said the fifty-fifty referendum coverage rule should not be abandoned in the upcoming referendum on children’s rights.

Speaking this evening Senator Ó Clochartiagh said the Coughlan judgement must be adhered to in the coverage of the referendum.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said;

“The Coughlan judgement in the Supreme Court in 2000 is regarded as a victory for democracy and the protection of the principle of free speech.

“The concept of fifty-fifty coverage for both sides in a referendum debate is a positive concept and not something that should be feared.

“While we in Sinn Féin are on the same side as all of the Oireachtas parties in this debate, we do not fear a debate with dissenting voices and in fact see it as a crucial part of the referendum campaign.”


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