Monday February 17, 2020

Democratic process cannot be bought

Amnesty has to hand back the €137,000 it got from billionaire George Soros’s foundation. Foreign donations have no place in the abortion referendum campaign

17th December, 2017
Colm O’Gorman, executive director, Amnesty International Pic: Maxwells

Seven referendums. Both presidential and general elections, possibly, in 2018. Local and European elections in 2019. In all, Ireland could well have 11 separate political campaigns to endure over the next two years.

This will include a referendum on abortion that has historically proven to be deeply divisive, fiercely emotive and intensely contentious. These 11 election and referendum campaigns will not run on thin air. This is why the Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Commission is firmly laying...

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