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Constituencies Constitutional Challenge – Judgement Delivered

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 7th June 2007 1. The High Court (Clarke J.) delivered reserved judgment in the action this 7th June 2007. The judgement was read out by the judge; the written copy will become available shortly. The following is a concise synopsis of the essential points of the judgement. (Readers should note […]

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Constituencies Constitutional Challenge – Correction

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 22nd May 2007 1. On 18th May 2007, (in Distillery Court 1) the High Court (Clarke J.) reserved judgment in the action and designated 7th June 2007 for the delivery of judgment.

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Constituencies Constitutional Challenge – Adjournment 2

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 8th May 2007 1. On 8th May 2007, the parties attended court. 2. On hearing a report from the parties the court adjourned the matter for mention to 9th May 2007 at 10.45 am before Clarke J. (in Distillery Court 1)

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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.

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Gender Inequality is politics?

See HERE for the background. To check out the members of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland see HERE

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A small pee

Trocaire has expressed dismay and surprise at the ban, by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, on its Lenten campaign advertisement, promoting gender equality. See the Irish Examiner HERE for a report of the Trocaire reaction and HERE for Trocaire’s website response. See Eoin O’Dell’s analysis HERE of the background, reciting the legal basis on which the Commission might rely. Arguably, the Commission’s reading of Section 10(3) of the Radio Television Act 1988 stating “no advertisement shall be broadcast which is […]

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Fatta la Legge, Trovato L’inganno

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (the Tanaiste), has declared his intention to introduce a new system for establishing legal fees. It is early to say, but this seems to be directed at legal fees in litigation. His plan is based on the Report of the Legal Costs Implementation Advisory Group. Civil litigation is an adversarial process. It is not a search for scientific truth. In short, it is emphatically not an inquiry. The Minister has recently expressed […]

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McGarr v Department of Finance in Legal Gazette

It was pointed out to me that my case against the limiting of Civil Service promotional opportunities to those with set years of service is cited in some detail in the cover article in the new edition of the Legal Gazette. The Gazette is the magazine for Irish Solicitors, produced by the Law Society of Ireland. The principle established in McGarr v The Department of Finance, taken together with other cases, has now resulted in the Gazette refusing to run […]

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