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 – 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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Ireland – Three court challenges initiated to abortion referendum result

Three court challenges initiated to abortion referendum result

June 5, 2018
Mary Carolan

Three separate applications have been initiated seeking permission to bring petitions challenging the result of the referendum to repeal the Eighth amendment.

All three have been adjourned to Monday when they will come before the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/three-court-challenges-initiated-to-abortion-referendum-result-1.3520188

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Ireland – Abortion legislation: the really contentious bits

Abortion legislation: the really contentious bits
The most contested sections of the proposed abortion legislation and what campaigners say about them

May 12, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The referendum on May 25th will ask people their views on whether the Eighth Amendment should remain in the Constitution, or whether it should be removed to allow for the “regulation of the termination of pregnancy”.

At present, Article 40.3.3. – introduced by the Eighth Amendment in 1983 – gives the unborn and the mother an equal right to life.

The Referendum Commission has stressed this is the decision people will be asked to make. However, much of the debate during the campaign has focused on the legislation that may follow a repeal vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-legislation-the-really-contentious-bits-1.3490740

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Ireland – Repeal mural will ‘no doubt’ go up on private wall space, says Taoiseach

Repeal mural will ‘no doubt’ go up on private wall space, says Taoiseach
However, Varadkar says murals and posters will not convince people to change minds

April 24, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he has “no doubt” the Repeal mural that was painted over on the walls of the Project Arts Centre in Dublin will re-appear on a private building elsewhere.

Mr Varadkar also said he believed the Charities Regulator which issued the instruction to remove the mural by street artist Maser, would have issued a similar instruction had the painting favoured the No side in the abortion referendum debate.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-mural-will-no-doubt-go-up-on-private-wall-space-says-taoiseach-1.3473018

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Law to replace Eighth Amendment not subject of vote, says commission

Law to replace Eighth Amendment not subject of vote, says commission
Referendum Commission urges everyone to vote as it launches information campaign

April 24, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The forthcoming referendum is not a vote on the law that may replace the Eighth Amendment, the Referendum Commission has said.

The commission, chaired by Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, will launch its public information campaign on Tuesday ahead of the referendum on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/law-to-replace-eighth-amendment-not-subject-of-vote-says-commission-1.3471834

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Ireland – Harris dismisses Coveney’s claims of scans before terminations

Harris dismisses Coveney’s claims of scans before terminations
Minister for Health insisted any need for scan will be based on doctors’ discretion
March 29, 2018

Sarah Bardon

The Government has distanced itself from claims by Tánaiste Simon Coveney that women seeking a termination after nine weeks of pregnancy will have to undergo a scan.

Mr Coveney had outlined his expectation that the operation of an abortion regime would be coupled with medical guidelines and these would include a requirement for a scan between nine and 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/harris-dismisses-coveney-s-claims-of-scans-before-terminations-1.3443640

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