Challenge to spending on alleged one-sided information on children's referendum

Sat, Oct 20, 2012, 01:00

A Dublin man has initiated a legal challenge to the Government’s spending of €1.1 million in public money on an allegedly one-sided information campaign about the children’s referendum.

Mark McCrystal claims the Government is using information that is not neutral and intended and likely to promote a particular outcome in the November 10th referendum.

Mr McCrystal, an engineer of Kilbarrack Road, Dublin, has brought the High Court proceedings against Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald, the Government and the Attorney General.

He was particularly concerned about the impact on parental rights which the State was attempting to “disguise and dismiss”.