Ireland: Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation

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Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation
Group says €137,000 payment from Open Society Foundations not for political purposes

Feb 12, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain

Amnesty International’s Irish section has challenged an order by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) requiring it to return a €137,000 donation to its campaign to hold a referendum on the State’s abortion laws.

The donation was made in August 2015 by the Swiss-based Open Society Foundations (OSF), founded by billionaire George Soros, for the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, which involved organising events and seminars for politicians prior to the 2016 general election.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/amnesty-challenges-sipo-order-to-return-abortion-campaign-donation-1.3389577

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Citizens’ Assembly to be balloted on abortion recommendations

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Citizens’ Assembly to be balloted on abortion recommendations
Members will vote on the advice they will give to Government on Eighth Amendment

Mon, Mar 6, 2017
by Ronan McGreevy

(Summary: The Citizens Assembly in Ireland will present three main options to the government: To retain the eighth amendment as is, to repeal it, and to retain it but insert amendments.)

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly will be balloted next month on recommendations that they will give to the Government on the future of the constitutional amendment on abortion.

The 99 members will agree on the issues to be included in a ballot, and on the precise wording of the ballot, and that will be voted on, assembly chairwomanMs Justice Mary Laffoy said.

Continued at source: Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/citizens-assembly-to-be-balloted-on-abortion-recommendations-1.2998919

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