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Pearse Doherty welcomes significant judgment from High Court

30 May, 2012 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has described this morning’s judgment from the High Court as “very significant” and said it vindicates his decision to take the matter to court in advance of the referendum.  He said it is now clear that the view of the Referendum Commission on the exercise of the veto is not fact but opinion.  It remains Sinn Féin’s strong view that the government retains a veto over this matter.

Deputy Doherty said

“For several weeks now the yes campaign have been using commentary from the Referendum Commission as definitive statements of fact.  It is now clear that this view is not shared by the High Court. The view of the Referendum Commission is not fact but opinion.  

“Justice Hogan stated clearly that there is room for legitimate legal and political debate on the question and the position would be ultimately be decided by the European Court of Justice in reference with the Supreme Court.  He acknowledged that powerful and legitimate arguments had been made by my legal team.

“We believe that for the ESM to be underpinned in EU law it has to be ratified by all member states and that the Irish government retains a veto.

“Sinn Féin took this matter to Court because this is an issue of central importance to the referendum.  I believe that the significant questions raised, vindicates our decision to pursue this course of action in the interests of the voters.”

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