Ireland – Anti-abortion protesters say they received ‘reliable information’ on abortions taking place in Drogheda hospital

Anti-abortion protesters say they received 'reliable information' on abortions taking place in Drogheda hospital
This is at least the second time this year that people have protested outside the hospital.

Feb 1, 2019

FOR AT LEAST the second time this year, anti-abortion campaigners protested outside of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

One of the three people who took part this morning was Charles Byrne, who said he was there because the group had received information that a number of terminations were to take place in the hospital.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-protest-2-4472155-Feb2019/

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Ireland – Harris brands online posts over abortion location ‘despicable’

Harris brands online posts over abortion location 'despicable'

Cormac McQuinn and Elaine Keogh
January 8 2019

Health Minister Simon Harris has branded social media posts claiming to identify the location where the first abortion is taking place under new laws as "despicable".

Mr Harris argued that, in his view, the posts were effectively an attempt to "incite harassment of women". He said he is still committed to bring in legislation for safe access zones that would ban protests in the vicinity of medical facilities offering abortion services.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/harris-brands-online-posts-over-abortion-location-despicable-37689724.html

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Ireland – Campaigners protest at Drogheda hospital over ‘first abortion’

Campaigners protest at Drogheda hospital over ‘first abortion’
‘Democracy is a very useful tool but it cannot dictate right and wrong,’ says activist

Mon, Jan 7, 2019
Elaine Keogh, Martin Wall

A group of “concerned citizens” stood in protest outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth on Monday morning after it was claimed on social media that the first abortion at the hospital was scheduled to take place.

The hospital has a busy maternity unit that serves a large portion of the north east of the country.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/campaigners-protest-at-drogheda-hospital-over-first-abortion-1.3750072

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Ireland – Legislation aims to tackle anti-abortion protests

Legislation aims to tackle anti-abortion protests

Monday, 7 Jan 2019
By Sharon Tobin

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to move ahead with legislation that would provide for safe access zones around facilities providing abortion services.

The minister described it as "quite sad" that anti-abortion protesters would gather outside hospitals or harass individuals and medical professionals on social media.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0107/1021749-drogheda-hospital/

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Ireland – Challenge to abortion referendum result dismissed by Court of Appeal

Challenge to abortion referendum result dismissed by Court of Appeal
The judge said that the challenge was on such flimsy and slender grounds that it amounted to “a frustration of the democratic process in relation to referendums”

August 27, 2018

THE COURT OF Appeal has dismissed a Dublin woman’s challenge against the abortion referendum result.

Joanna Jordan from Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, had appealed last month’s ruling by High Court President Justice Peter Kelly who ruled that neither Jordon met the necessary legal test set by the Referendum Act before a court can permit a petition to be brought.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-referendum-challenge-dismissed-4203767-Aug2018/

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‘Reckless’ attempt to appeal abortion referendum result dismissed

‘Reckless’ attempt to appeal abortion referendum result dismissed
Court of Appeal says assertions made by Joanna Jordan ‘entirely devoid of substance’

Mon, Aug 27, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain, Ray Managh

A Dublin woman’s attempt challenge to the result of May’s abortion referendum has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Joanna Jordan, from Upper Glenageary Road, Dún Laoghaire, had appealed a ruling by High Court President Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who last month said she had not met the necessary legal test set by the Referendum Act before a court can permit a petition to be brought.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/reckless-attempt-to-appeal-abortion-referendum-result-dismissed-1.3608991

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Court will rule later in appeal against abortion referendum result

Court will rule later in appeal against abortion referendum result
Joanna Jordan alleged irregularities in the conduct of the campaign and registration of voters

Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Aodhan O Faolain, Ray Managh

The Court of Appeal will rule later this month on a Dublin woman’s challenge against the abortion referendum result.

Ms Joanna Jordan from Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin has appealed last month’s ruling by High Court President Mr Justice Peter Kelly. He ruled that neither Ms Jordon nor another challenger Charles Byrne met the necessary legal test set by the Referendum Act before a court can permit a petition to be brought.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/court-will-rule-later-in-appeal-against-abortion-referendum-result-1.3599533

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State entitled to costs in abortion referendum legal challenge

State entitled to costs in abortion referendum legal challenge
Homemaker Joanna Jordan to appeal refusal to allow challenge to referendum result

Tue, Jul 24, 2018
Mary Carolan

The State and Referendum Commission are entitled to their legal costs, estimated at more than €200,000, of successfully opposing two separate bids to challenge the abortion referendum result, the president of the High Court has ruled.

One of the two, Joanna Jordan, said she intends to appeal the refusal to let her bring a petition challenging the result. In that context, a stay applies until at least Friday preventing the referendum result being formally certified

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/state-entitled-to-costs-in-abortion-referendum-legal-challenge-1.3574997

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Ireland – Applications to challenge abortion referendum result rejected

Applications to challenge abortion referendum result rejected
Judge orders result of vote cannot come into effect for a week to allow plaintiff seek appeal

July 20, 2018
Mary Carolan

The president of the High Court has refused two separate applications for permission to bring petitions challenging the Yes result of the abortion referendum.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly also made an order with the effect the referendum result cannot come into formal effect for at least a week to allow Charles Byrne seek an appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/applications-to-challenge-abortion-referendum-result-rejected-1.3571476

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Ireland – Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected

Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected
High Court hearing action by Drogheda man seeking to challenge referendum result

June 27, 2018
Mary Carolan

Government ministers do not have to meet standards of “legal accuracy” when campaigning in referendums and only an extreme situation might entitle the courts to intervene in their campaigning, the State has told the High Court.

No such situation arose concerning how Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris campaigned in favour of repealing the anti-abortion Eighth amendment, Frank Callanan SC said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/claims-ministers-duped-voters-in-eighth-referendum-rejected-1.3545559

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