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Woman pulls out of challenge to referendum

ONE of two women who initiated a petition and constitutional challenge aimed at overturning the result of the Children's Referendum has withdrawn from proceedings.

Nancy Kennelly, a resident of Abbot Close Nursing Home, Askeaton, Co Limerick, no longer wishes to be involved in the case but the action will be maintained by her co-challenger, Joanna Jordan.

Ms Kennelly voted 'Yes' by post and said she trusted the Government's campaign.

A Supreme Court ruling that aspects of the information was one-sided came after she had voted and, if she had had impartial information, she may have voted No, she had said.

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill made directions for exchange of legal documents and returned the matter for further directions to January 15.

Irish Independent