Monday 18 December 2017

Trio fail in bid to block double referendum

Louise Hogan

THE Supreme Court has refused a bid by three men to prevent today's referendums from going ahead.

The three had appealed a decision earlier yesterday by the president of the High Court which refused their application for an injunction to halt both referendums.

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns ruled they had established no basis in law for such orders.

The three men making the application were Harry Rea (56) from Hollymount, Blarney Road, Cork city; Mark McCrystal (41) from Lucan Village, Co Dublin; and Cornelius Cagney (69), from Naas, Co Kildare.

They claimed Article 46.4 of the Constitution prohibits two "proposals" being put on the same day before the people.

They also claimed proper procedures were not followed as the Justice Minister had published the date of the referendum in August in advance of the amendments going before the Dail and the Seanad.

In his decision, Mr Justice Kearns said, having carefully read Article 46.4, he was satisfied the applicants had misconstrued the provision.

He also rejected arguments the bills had not been put before the people in accordance with proper procedures.

Irish Independent

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