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June 2001 Referendums


The Referendums:



Information and Comment:

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                                                                                                            26 June 2001
(Note on English:"referendum", n. Lat., 'that which is to be referred', gerundive of "referre": therefore, pl., is "referendums")

  Judicial Behaviour and Impeachment

Now postponed to later in the year.


Because Dáil parties could not come to a consensus on it!  Obviously, a debate on the subject is the last thing they want.  So, what is now going before the people are the referendums on which no political debate will take place!  Isn't that a cosy arrangement?

3 May 2001

It could have turned out to be embarrassing for all the parties had they gone ahead with this referendum as well.

Because they would have been asking the public to endorse two opposing principles, ie, more accountability for the judges already under some control at home, and no accountability for international judges.

In fact, it gets worse.  The ICC judges are immune from prosecution for life!

26 June 2001

Referendums likely on 7 June
According to infromation obtained by IMR from Dept of Foreign Affairs, c 11 April, the likely date of the referendums will be Thursday, 7 June, the same date as the UK elections.

No announcement has been made by the Government on this up to 18 April.

Thes supercedes earlier report.

18 April 2001

on the Quadruple Referendum
A national coalition of pro-women's rights, pro-family, and pro-life groups

Irelands National Sovereignty at stake

A deluge of referendums

After much media speculation, the Government has announced that there will indeed be a referendum on the Nice Treaty, and also on the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Both referendums, plus two more, are likely to be held on the same day, on Thursday 7 June.

It is curious that the Government has:

  • Announced the holding of the referendums in such a low key manner.
  • Is holding so many referendums on the same day.  As MEP Patricia McKenna has put it, why is the Government looking around for referendums to run on the same date?
Both the Nice and ICC are highly complex             issues, with considerable implications, each meriting individual attention of the public.
  • Promised, but not arranged for a Referendum Commission 7 weeks from the date of the Referendum on the Nice Treaty.
  • Not indicated any intention of arranging for a Referendum Commission on the ICC, or on the two other Referendums.  Are they afraid of the facts on the ICC in particular?

As they stand, neither the Nice nor the ICC proposal will benefit Ireland.

18 April 2001

Friday 23 March 2001


In a letter to The Irish Times, 23 March, MEP Patricia McKenna took issue with the Government's intention to tie in up to three unrelated issues with the referendum on the Nice Treaty.

The mainstream parties have gone out of their way to criticise, undermine and get around the McKenna judgement.  (This judgement, for which Ms McKenna was responsible, struck a major blow for democracy in outlawing unequal state support in referendums, which had been favoured by the mainstream political parties)

Multiple referendums will drastically reduce the amount of public attention that can be given to each issue, she said.

The Treaty of Nice required in-depth analysis and debate.