Government take down partial speeches from government website…

And, it’s down… The government has removed a number of pro Treaty speeches by the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste after complaints from Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy that the content of the [wasn’t it supposed to be – Ed] which will, according to government become a neutral space from Monday when the Referendum Order will be signed…

Shades of the Boris Twitter controversy… We were going to hand it over, but only when we had to… Honest… Under the McKenna judgement 1995, government cannot fund its own case in referenda…

Adds: As per Justin’s comment below, Mary Lou McDonald also issued the same complaint today… Though Aertel had Murphy’s complaint up first it may have been a classic race to get to the same point first… we were going on the Steven Carroll/Deaglan de Breadun report now linked above..

  • justin.moran

    The Irish Times makes the point the speeches were taken down after Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and the Socialist Party MEP raised the issue.

    Perhaps there would be no harm in making that point in the original story?

  • Mick Fealty

    Amended above Justin..

  • and on a related issue SF seek advance copies of Fiscal Treaty leaflets:

    Lawyers for Sinn Féin have written to the Attorney General seeking advance copies of the information being sent to homes about the EU Fiscal Treaty.

  • Mick Fealty

    Hmmm…. Amy Wall,

    A spokesman for the Government said yesterday that all the material which is being sent to households across the country has been cleared by the Attorney General to make sure that it complied with the McKenna judgement.

    So the Attorney General has given the documents the go ahead. It’s safe to say then that all subliminal messaging has been removed and none of us will be waking up at 3am saying “vote yes, vote yes…” like zombies. Eh…we hope…

    Keep an eye on it, but it looks to me like an attempt to cross reference #leaflet with the #government rather than #SinnFein…

  • wee buns

    If SF’s only role in this campaign is to force FG to be lawful with their information campaign, then at least they serve a legitimate purpose, given the enormous abuses of ‘information’ in past referendums by FF & EU.

    But they damn well better make sure they get their own bumph correct. Otherwise they hurt the credibility of the ‘No’ campaign.

    The cut –up quotes is not an admirable start, but despite the attempted manipulation, it can’t be claimed to be untrue quotes, and the economists quoted admit that their ‘Yes’ position is indeed reluctant.

  • Mick Fealty


    That’s one reason why I’m looking forward to seeing the leaflet myself… if they play this anything other than straight it will backfire on the govt…

    It’s a classic brown sandwich and pretending it is anything other than that will not go down well…

  • Mick Fealty

    That goes for their own party campaigns too…

  • justin.moran

    Thanks Mick, I figured it just got missed out in the welter of referendum coverage.

  • Mick Fealty

    Thanks for the H/T!

  • tuatha

    IOW, as weebuns pointed out in an earlier thread, it was (i) illegal, (ii) dishonest and (iii) cute hoorism.
    And they had to be shamed by the minority parties to do so, not the establishment running dogs, aka churnalists., with the honourable exception, as always, of Fintan O’T.
    When MrB finishes, or falls off the twig, can we co-opt Fintan to stand?