#EUref Keeping McKenna alive by not pushing it too far

Here’s an interesting snippet from the ever alert Deaglan de Breadun:

The concept of “neutral information” is the subject of regular debate. Elements on the No side contemplated taking injunctions over the website and booklet and information leaflet distributed throoughout the State.

They backed-off, however. Had they lost, it would have meant substantial costs and might have weakened the existing basis of the McKenna Judgment. That is, of course, the Supreme Court ruling of 1995 which laid down that the State could not spend taxpayers’ money on one side in a referendum campaign.

So push lads, but not too hard. You don’t want to kill the legislative goose that keeps on giving?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty