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Constitutional Law

Constitutional law deals with the basic rights and rules set out in the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland. The Constitution is also frequently referred to by its Gaelic title Bunreacht na hEireann. Laws passed by the government of the day, or actions of state agencies or officials, may be found to be unconstitutional. Only the Superior Courts of the state- The High Court and The Supreme Court- may make a decision on the constitutionality of any disputed matter. The lower courts- The Circuit Courts and the District Courts- are then obliged to follow the interpretations of the Constitution provided by the Superior Courts. Bunreacht na hEireann is not the the supreme legal document in the Republic of Ireland. If there is a conflict between any provision of the Constitution and a provision of European Union Law, EU law will prevail.

Constituencies Constitutional Challenge: Letter to Chief State Solicitor

THE HIGH COURT RECORD NO. 2819P/2007 Between CATHERINE MURPHY and FINIAN McGRATH Plaintiffs And   THE MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, IRELAND AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL Defendants In the light of the Defendants’ public statements since service of the Proceedings, on our clients’ instructions we have sent a letter (available here in pdf format) to the Defendants’ Solicitor today.


Constituencies Constitutional Challenge: Statement of Claim

Statement of Claim of Catherine Murphy TD and Finian McGrath TD challenging the failure to revise the electoral constituencies.


Constituencies Constitutional Challenge

McGarr Solicitors act for the Plaintiffs.