Saturday February 22, 2020

Can we allow another referendum like this?

A referendum Yes campaign funded by €25 million from the US and complex arguments reduced to marketing slogans says little for the integrity and dignity of our democracy

23rd May, 2015
A couple embrace upon learning of the referendum outcome - EPA/Aidan Crawley

There is relief that the referendum campaign is over. It’s like coming up for air.

Never in a lifetime of journalistic experience can I remember a referendum campaign that unleashed such levels of bitterness and division within Irish society.

It didn’t have to be like this, and I have no doubt that the direction chosen by the government served to inflame the situation.

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