Wednesday 28 September 2016

Woman who brought unsuccessful challenge to the 2012 Children's Referendum is to have half of appeal costs paid by State

Tim Healy

Published 07/07/2015 | 17:36

Last April, a seven-judge Supreme Court dismissed her appeal against the High Court's rejection of her challenge. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Last April, a seven-judge Supreme Court dismissed her appeal against the High Court's rejection of her challenge. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A WOMAN who brought an unsuccessful challenge to the 2012 Children's Referendum is to have half of the costs of a Supreme Court appeal paid by the State.

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The State has agreed to pay the legal costs to Joanna Jordan who had challenged the result on the grounds there was an unconstitutional government information campaign which materially affected the Yes outcome.

She previously got one third of her legal costs in relation to one aspect of her proceedings in the High Court case against the State.

No costs order was made relating to her full proceedings in that court, meaning each side paid their own costs of those.

When costs issues were before the Supreme Court today, it was told the sides had agreed the High Court costs order could stand and Ms Jordan would get 50 per cent of the costs of her Supreme Court appeal.

In her action, Ms Jordan, a homemaker of Glenageary Road Upper, Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin, had challenged the constitutionality of laws governing the bringing of petitions disputing the results of referendums.

Last April, a seven-judge Supreme Court dismissed her appeal against the High Court's rejection of her challenge.

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