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Woman’s Challenge To Abortion Referendum Result Is Dismissed For Being “Entirely Devoid Of Substance”

By Kiara Keane

August 27, 2018 at 3:23pm

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed a woman’s attempt to appeal the 8th Amendment referendum result.

Mr Justice Birmingham said that her claims were “so entirely devoid of substance that we can only conclude they were made with reckless and irresponsible abandon”.

Joanna Jordan from Dun Laoghaire was appealing last month’s High Court ruling that her case had not met the necessary legal requirements set out by the Referendum Act.


Her appeal included complaints about Simon Harris and Leo Varadkar’s statements during the Yes campaign. She also claimed there were irregularities in voter registration.

The Court of Appeal decision stated that the original ruling was “entirely correct in refusing leave to Ms Jordan to present the petition”.

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