Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Ceisteanna (225)

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

225. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the position regarding the outcome of the children's referendum; if one case has been heard in the Supreme Court yet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21635/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The judgment in the High Court challenge to the result of the Children’s Referendum was delivered on 18 October. The Petitioner was unsuccessful in her petition to the High Court challenging the Provisional Referendum Certificate issued on foot of the Children's Referendum. The Court dismissed the petition.

The judgment of the High Court in the matter has been appealed by the Petitioner to the Supreme Court and a date for hearing is awaited.

The Petitioner had also challenged, by way of plenary proceedings, the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Referendum Act 1994 and High Court hearing of these proceedings concluded on 12 December and judgement is awaited in that matter.