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Constituencies Constitutional Challenge – Motion

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 NOTICE OF MOTION TAKE NOTICE that on the 23rd day of April 2007 at 11:00 O’Clock in the forenoon or the first available opportunity thereafter Counsel on behalf of the Plaintiffs will apply to this Honourable Court sitting at the Four Courts, Inns Quay in the City of Dublin for: […]

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Constituencies Constitutional Challenge: Letter to Chief State Solicitor (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 We act for the Plaintiffs in the above matter and attach a copy letter in PDF format which we have sent to the Chief State Solicitor.

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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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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.

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Constituencies Constitutional Challenge

McGarr Solicitors act for the Plaintiffs.

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Separation of Powers

When matters are settled and not the subject of lively debate it is easy for the citizens to forget how important some ideas are. The principle of the Separation of Powers is one of those ideas. In Ireland we have adopted that principle and expressed it in Article 15 of the Irish Constitution. It is possible to undermine that Constitution. Consider the truncated “debate” of the Criminal Justice Bill in the Dail. It was truncated by the Minister for Justice […]

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Locus Standi

We are, only now, making attempts to overturn a vicious prejudice. The High Court has permitted the Irish Penal Reform Trust ((Irish Penal Reform Trust v The Minister for Justice (2005) High Court (unreported))) to bring civil proceedings on behalf of, or for the benefit of, all prisoners who are mentally ill. Solon of Athens, in 590 BC, established the same principle; that a third party could bring an action on behalf of a victim. What happened in the interval, that […]

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Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum

The Bridewell, originally uploaded by Editor_Tupp.   1. The title phrase (Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum: “let justice be done, though the heavens fall”). is incised in the stone above the entrance to the Bridewell police station in Chancery Street, behind the Four Courts. This has the appearance of an error; the District Court adjoins the police station (they are connected by an underground passageway to securely transfer prisoners from one to the other) and the phrase, logically, belongs on the […]

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An IQ of 170

Guilt and fascination were the immediate responses to “Child Genius”. ((Channel Four, 8th February 2007)). As one nine-year old boy, Dante, said, he did not want the TV crew to know too much about him. That was a case where the assertion of a right of privacy was fully warranted. ((Unlike here)) The children, after all, are not capable of giving full (any, actually) consent to the programme. His clear thinking was impressive, sometimes in the face of difficulties, including […]

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Sub Judice

The Irish Times reports on 20th January 2007 that the High Court is hearing an appeal from the Circuit Court where the Plaintiff was successful against a provincial newspaper for breach of privacy. Apparently the Plaintiff was photographed while playing gaelic football and his genitals were visible in the photograph, which the newspaper published. The Plaintiff had also pleaded defamation but abandoned that claim in the Circuit court. The appeal is current and final submissions from the newspaper are expected […]

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