Ireland – Supreme Court clears way for abortion law

Supreme Court clears way for abortion law
Government ‘on track’ to have legislation through in the next parliamentary session

Fri, Sep 7, 2018
Mary Carolan, Pat Leahy

President Michael D Higgins is expected to sign the abortion referendum bill into law next week, deleting the constitutional ban on abortion and paving the way for the government to introduce legislation allowing for abortion to the Dáil in the coming weeks.

The Supreme Court on Friday decided that there were no grounds to hear an appeal of a decision by the Court of Appeal last month which upheld the High Court’s rejection of a challenge to the abortion referendum result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-clears-way-for-abortion-law-1.3621863

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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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Ireland – Man challenging abortion referendum result to seek electoral registers in High Court

Man challenging abortion referendum result to seek electoral registers in High Court
Monday, June 18, 2018

By Ann O'Loughlin

A man seeking leave to challenge the result of last month’s abortion referendum will formally apply this week for court orders requiring the State to provide him with the original and supplemental electoral registers of voters, including the dates of birth of voters.

Charles Byrne, of College Rise, Drogheda, Co Louth, also wants marked registers of all those who voted on May 25 so the material can be analysed by a public administration expert, his counsel Kenneth Fogarty SC said

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/man-challenging-abortion-referendum-result-to-seek-electoral-registers-in-high-court-849650.html

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Ireland – Court to hear legal challenges to abortion referendum result

Court to hear legal challenges to abortion referendum result
One challenger questions if some student voters at NUIG were properly registered

June 11, 2018
Mary Carolan

The president of the High Court has fixed June 26th for hearing three separate applications for permission to challenge the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

One of the challengers, Charles Byrne, who has raised concerns about whether a number of student voters at NUI Galway were properly registered, also wants copies of the marked register of voters.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/court-to-hear-legal-challenges-to-abortion-referendum-result-1.3526581

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