Following a series of meetings with Facebook in Dublin and London, an agreement has been reached to provide access to advertising data related to the referendum on the 8th ammendment. Having an understanding of the volume and origin of advertising targeted at that Irish electorate is key in preventing the dissemination of misleading information and the success of campaigns run from abroad. This is an issue of growing importance when considered against the backdrop of Cambridge Analytica and concerns sorrounding the Brexit and American Presedential elections.
You can read detailed coverage of this announcment on the Guardian and Irish Timeswebsites and you can see the letter I recieved from Facebook below.
This is an important step to securing our democratic proccesses into the future.