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Referendum Commission

Burton notes 'merit' of potential permanent referendum commission

The Minister said a permanent referendum commission could be largely responsible for the information presented to the electorate if the country were to hold referenda on a regular basis.

MINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection Joan Burton says she believes the Government should consider establishing a permanent referendum commission.

The Minister told RTÉ that there was “merit” in exploring the possibility of a more permanent form of referendum commission – adding that if the country were to hold referenda on a regular basis, such a referendum commission would be largely responsible for the information presented to the electorate.

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld a challenge against the Government’s informational website and booklet on the Children’s Rights Referendum, finding that the government had “acted wrongfully” in spending money on a website which was “not fair, equal or impartial”.

Following the approval of the Children’s Referendum on Sunday, Burton today said that new legislation regarding adoption should be set out as soon as possible.

Draft legislation on the topic has already been published.

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