Ireland – Applications to challenge abortion referendum result rejected

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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

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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 makes claim of ‘electoral fraud’ in High Court case against abortion referendum result

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Man makes claim of 'electoral fraud' in High Court case against abortion referendum result

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
By Ann O'Loughlin

A man seeking leave to challenge the result of the abortion referendum has claimed the Taoiseach and Minister for Health had made “misleading” statements which “duped” some people into voting Yes and “materially affected” the outcome.

Charles Byrne claims Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris were not permitted under the Constitution to advocate for a Yes vote and made statements which impermissibly interfered with the conduct of the referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/man-makes-claim-of-electoral-fraud-in-high-court-case-against-abortion-referendum-result-851297.html

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Ireland – Eighth Amendment challenges ‘will not delay legislation’

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Eighth Amendment challenges ‘will not delay legislation’
Government sources insist such actions were expected and will not ‘derail’ plans

June 6, 2018
Fiach Kelly, Mary Carolan

Potential legal challenges to the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution will not delay the passage of legislation to give effect to Ireland’s new abortion regime, Government sources say.

Three separate applications have been initiated seeking permission to bring petitions challenging the result of last month’s referendum. It saw a landslide vote of 66.4 per cent in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/eighth-amendment-challenges-will-not-delay-legislation-1.3520537

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