Court rejects challenge to bailout
Published 07/12/2010 | 05:00
A MAN yesterday failed to get permission to bring a High Court challenge to the €85bn Government bailout.
John Wolfe claimed the Government had acted unconstitutionally by not putting the bailout plan "to the people to vote on".
Mr Justice Michael Peart refused to grant Mr Wolfe leave to bring a challenge against the Government, the Finance Minister and the Attorney General. The judge said the application "lacked the factual basis" on which the court could grant leave.
In his action Mr Wolfe, of Seafield Court, Bissett Strand, Malahide, Dublin, sought a declaration that the Government's dealing with the IMF and ECB was in breach of Article 15.4 of the constitution, which provides that the Oireachtas shall not enact any law that is in any way repugnant to the Constitution.
He claimed the government had no legal power to use public money to prop up private banks.