Dundalk man successful in Supreme Court challenge

The man that successfully brought a Supreme Court ruling that the Government acted wrongfully in part of its €1.1 million Children’s referendum information campaign hails from Dundalk.

The man that successfully brought a Supreme Court ruling that the Government acted wrongfully in part of its €1.1 million Children’s referendum information campaign hails from Dundalk.

Mark McCrystal’s claim that “extensive passages” in the Government’s information booklet and on its website about the referendum were in breach of rules designed to ensure a fair, equal and impartial playing field in referendum debates was agreed by the five-judge Supreme Court

The High Court found that the material used in the Government’s campaign, which Mr McCrystal complained of, was “neutral, balanced and had the primary aim of informing the public about the forthcoming referendum”.

Although the Dundalk native, who had brought an action against the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, the Government, Ireland and the Attorney General, appealed the High Court’s finding to the Supreme Court in a landmark case.

Despite the referendum narrowly being passed, Mark is urging the President not to sign it into the constitution.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat this week, the former Carrick Road resident said “I believe every person in Ireland has a duty to do something to protect our country.

“The government were effectively using taxpayers money to promote a one sided campaign.

“I took a huge risk bringing this case to the courts, had I lost the case I would have had legal fees in excess of e50,000.

“Of course I thought about the costs involved, but I knew I was going to win the case. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night had I not brought the case to the courts.

“I know people that would have loved to have brought the case to the courts, but they just were not in a position to do so. I’ve had great feedback from the supporters of the no side campaign.

“Although the referendum was passed, I’m currently campaigning against the President signing it into our constitution.

“The whole referendum was a fraud, it was an unsure referendum and it is not acceptable