Wednesday 21 February 2018

Court of Appeal to hear challenge to Marriage Equality Referendum result

Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald launching the Fine Gael ‘Yes’ campaign at the start of the marriage equality referendum
Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald launching the Fine Gael ‘Yes’ campaign at the start of the marriage equality referendum
Children wait for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle last week. Photo: Mark Condren

Sarah-Jane Murphy

The Court of Appeal will hear an application to legally challenge the result of the Marriage Equality Referendum today.

The appeal follows a recent High Court decision refusing leave to Gerry Walshe, an electrician from Lisdeen Road, Co Clare and Maurice Lyons, a gardener from Callan, Co Kilkenny, to initiate proceedings against the vote.

The two men argued that the Referendum had not been conducted in the correct manner.

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The threatened legal action has delayed the Government's plans to have the legislation enacted by the autumn.

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Dr Fergus Ryan Lecturer in Law at NUI Maynooth says in order to succeed, the applicants must prove there was something "substantially wrong" with how the referendum was conducted.

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