Referendum Commission launches information campaign

The Referendum Commission has launched its public information campaign providing impartial details about next month's vote on the Eighth Amendment.

The commission has published an explanation of the current legal position in relation to the termination of pregnancy, the proposed change, and the legal effect of both a Yesvote and Novote.

The independent body was set up to explain the referendum proposal, promote public awareness and encourage people to vote.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Referendum Commission chairpersonMs Justice Isobel Kennedysaid the commission's job is to provide a simple, clear and independent explanation for the referendum proposal.

She added that the commission has no role in telling people what they can say or fact checking anything claimed by either side.

Its information guidelines for the referendum can be accessed on its dedicated website refcom2018.ie .

A printed copy of its independent guide will be distributed to every home in the country.

The commission is advising people to check to ensure they are on the electoral register and that their details are correct.

Voters can check the electoral register online at checktheregister.ie or by contacting their local authority office.

Labour may pursue people who remove party's referendum posters

Meanwhile, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said his party is considering asking gardaí to press charges against those who have taken down their posters for the upcoming Eighth Amendment referendum.

Party colleague Jan O'Sullivan has said she has been sent a video showing two men taking down posters in Limerick. She also saidthat she has attained a car registration number and has provided these details togardaí.

Mr Howlin said the taking down of Labour posters should be considered as theft as the posters belong to the party.

Healso notedthat several posters have been put up that do not identify who has paid for them, which he says is an offence under the law, he said the matter should be pursued.

He also said the referendum is not done and dusted and in previous referendums on social issues the result has tightened. He also said the public should know who pays for referendum ads on Facebook.

Elsewhere, Fianna Fáil Waterford TD Mary Butler has said she will speak to other party members who are campaigning for a No vote in the referendumabout considering organising a press event.

She said she will be actively canvassing in the referendum for a No vote. She also said she had noticed that many Yes posters do not use the word abortion.

Limerick city TD Will O'Dea said he will not be campaigning in the referendum and many households in Limerick have notes on their doors asking people not to canvass their houses in the referendum.

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