Govt opposition on basis of unpublished AG advice is interesting. In the 1980s, then-AG Peter Sutherland said the ban on goods from apartheid South Africa would breach EEC rules. Undeterred, Govt asked a new AG (John Rogers), who found a basis in int law & the ban was adopted.
Ruairí Quinn's autobiography outlines how a different perspective from a different AG was crucial in the Govt adopting the 1980s ban. "It was very much a case of the legal bottle being half full rather than half empty". As outlined by @gerry_liston here:
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