The prospect of a legal challenge to the result remains in light of last week’s Supreme Court ruling that the State had misused public money on its information campaign.

Constitutional law expert Paul Anthony McDermott said if it could be proved that most people did not make up their minds until they received the Government literature and were influenced by it, a credible challenge might be brought.

But, he said, overturning a referendum result would be “a nuclear remedy”.

Prominent No vote campaigner Kathy Sinnott said she hoped there would be a voter willing to take the challenge.

“I will help them in any way I can. This referendum is unsafe in legal terms because the result does not represent a fair choice on behalf of the people. Rules were broken by the Government and they spent our money on a one-sided and misinformed campaign to ensure a Yes vote,” she said.

Piss-up. Brewery. Etc.

Size of No vote proves shock for Coalition (Stephen Collins, Mary Minihan, Irish Times)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

21 thoughts on “58% To 42%

  1. SOMK

    “However, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, who said he was “disappointed” with the turnout, said Saturday polling was something the Government may have to look at again.”

    He later told American diplomats he was “delighted” with the turnout, and that Saturday’s polling was something the Government could now safely and happily forget.

    1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

      Yes, typical Irish Govt action – set it up to fail. Why not have the Seanad referendum at the same time as the Children’s one? That would have got the crowds out – to rid us of some of the political class who are worse than useless.

      1. Rugbyfan

        These guys don’t give a rats what they say. Their pension are secure!

        Then again we got what we voted for*

        * I didn’t vote for Labour / Independents/ SF**
        ** wonder why I bothered at all

  2. Wayne.F

    It was a well intentioned but somewhat pointless referendum due to other factors. The confusion among some as to what would change, the mistrust of the HSE& Government, and other factors.

    I did think we would have until at least the first court case where the legislation based on this was used before the religious nuts unleashed their legal dogs.

    If this is challenged and the NO side win where does that leave this government?

  3. The Bennex

    Rule of thumb about these things – do the polar opposite of what Dana, John Waters and Donegal are saying.

    And I’m FROM Donegal.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        That is what I am hoping for… it’s not much to hang one’s coat on, but I’m going to hope all the same.

        If you cost the place you work at the amount wasted on this farce you’d likely be fired. These imbeciles need the same treatment.

        I voted no.

          1. paul

            for God’s sake lads, forget that. They’ll eat babies without salt live on television and they’ll still have votes in the next elections and we can ‘do nothing’ about their pensions

    1. KeithFahey’s Moustache

      Some would say there is too much cleavage on show there for a count centre. I would say there is not enough.

    2. Kdoc

      There’s something wrong with the youth of Ireland when those two young fellas beside her appear to have no interest in her charms.

  4. Greg

    Doesn’t Gilmore always have two stories to tell: one for us and one for the Americans?
    So reality is not what we perceive, it’s what he says it is.

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