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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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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Ireland – Appeal Court rejects attempt to test abortion referendum result

Appeal Court rejects attempt to test abortion referendum result
Application allowing challenge to Yes vote rejected by three judges of Court of Appeal

July 31, 2018
Mary Carolan

A Co Leitrim man has lost his appeal aimed at allowing him challenge the Yes result of the abortion referendum. It was rejected by three judges of the Court of Appeal.

A conditional stay on the result being formally certified applies until August 17th to facilitate any further appeal to the Supreme Court by Diarmuid McConville.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/appeal-court-rejects-attempt-to-test-abortion-referendum-result-1.3582323

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

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’

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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