Wednesday 26 July 2017

Media ban in place for key family law case

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE High Court has ruled that the media are to be excluded from covering a landmark family law action with "serious implications for the public interest".

The ruling was handed down by family law judge Mr Justice Henry Abbott following legal submissions by Independent Newspapers, publishers of the Irish Independent, and 'The Sunday Times'.

The applicants and the Attorney General as well as the General Register Office (GRO) opposed the move to have the case heard in public.

The newspapers had stated at the outset that they did not seek in any way to identify the parties, nor to report any information that would tend to identify them.

Gerard Durcan SC, for the applicants, said that his clients wanted to give their evidence in private.

Mr Justice Abbott said that he did not want to create a "wild precedent", adding that it would be a "very dramatic and serious departure" for him to agree to the newspapers' request.

Irish Independent

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