FF calls for emergency debate on Children's Referendum booklet

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald

Fianna Fáil says the Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald needs to provide answers on why biased information in relation to the Children's Referendum was circulated to the public.

Party spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy, will table a special notice question in the Dáil today calling for an emergency debate in relation to Minister Fitzgerald's handling of the referendum, which passed on Saturday November 10 last year.

The day before polling stations opened, the Supreme Court ruled that the government’s information booklet and website was “not fair, equal or impartial”.

Robert Troy says public money was dishonestly spent on the information campaign: “We ultimately need to know who signed off on the booklet and who is going to take political accountability for a decision to publish a booklet which went against the McKenna judgement and cost the taxpayer €1.2m.”

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