NO Campaign welcomes “clear rejection” of “Abbeylara” amendment

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NO Campaign welcomes “clear rejection” of “Abbeylara” amendment

Irish Council for Civil Liberties 'NO to the 30th Amendment campaign'
Press release For immediate release
Saturday, 29 October 2011 

The campaign for a NO vote in the 30th amendment to the Constitution (Oireachtas Inquiries) has welcomed the people’s clear rejection of the Government’s referendum proposals.

When the final result of 53.3% NO to 46.7% YES is compared to polls conducted at the outset of the NO campaign led by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), this represents a swing from YES to NO votes of some 31.8 % (see note to editor for details of this calculation).

ICCL and NO Campaign Director Mr Mark Kelly said:

“This result confirms that a clear majority of the people were not convinced that the Government’s proposals struck the right balance between the public interest and the rights of persons called before Oireachtas Committees.” 

 "We look forward to participating fully in consultations on the shape of a future Constitutional amendment that will strengthen the powers of Oireachtas Committees, while protecting the human rights of those who appear before them” Mr Kelly concluded.

To arrange an interview with Mark Kelly please contact:

Walter Jayawardene
Communications Manager
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
9-13 Blackhall Place
Dublin 7
Mob: +353 87 998 1574


Swing Vote has been calculated using the Butler method, which determines the average of the Yes % loss and No % gain between the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI Poll conducted on 4 October 2011 (published on 8 October 2011 ) and the final valid poll of the referendum (Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll conducted on 4 October 2011:- Yes 65%, No 8%, Don’t Know  27%).

The ‘No to the 30th Amendment’ Campaign has been led by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Association. The ICCL Association’s ‘Vote No to the 30th Amendment’ leaflet, setting out the case against the 30th amendment is available via the campaign website:

During the last week, NO Campaign mobile billboards covered a total of 1200 miles around Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway warning citizens of the dangers of “kangaroo courts”.

Other campaign promotional materials have included posters reading “Warning – Kangaroo Courts Ahead” on lampposts and newspaper advertisements. Extensive use has been made of social media to promote the case for a NO vote.

Active supporters of the NO campaign, who have spoken at campaign events, come from a spectrum of political, academic and civil society opinion. They include:
∙         Maurice Hayes, former Senator and former Northern Ireland Ombudsman.
∙         Peter Mullan, Joint Managing Partner, Sheehan & Partners, Solicitors.
∙         Catherine Murphy TD.  Catherine Murphy is an independent TD for Kildare North, and a member of the Technical Group in Dáil Éireann.
∙         Senator Ronán Mullen. Senator Mullen has been an independent Senator for the National University of Ireland since 2007.
∙         Mary O’Rourke. Mary O’Rourke served as Minister for Education (1987–91), Minister for Health (1991–92), Minister for Public Enterprise (1997–2002), and served as the chair of the Oireachtas joint committee on the constitutional amendment on children. She was also a member of Seanad Éireann from 2002–07.
∙         Professor Gerry Whyte. Gerard Whyte is an Associate Professor of Law in Trinity College Dublin He has published extensively in the areas of public interest law, constitutional law, social welfare law and labour law. He is also active in a number of social justice and legal aid organisations.
∙         Oisín Quinn, Senior Counsel.
∙         Donncha O’Connell.  Donncha O’Connell is a member of faculty at NUI Galway’s College of Business, Public Policy & Law.  He is qualified as a barrister and was the first full-time Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

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