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Belfast student in legal fight for cross-border abortion vote

By Tim Healy

The Irish Government is opposing a Belfast woman's High Court application in Dublin seeking to extend the vote in the upcoming referendum on abortion to Irish citizens living in Northern Ireland.

Student Roisin Morelli claims Irish citizens north of the border have a constitutional right to vote in such referendums.

She is seeking leave to bring judicial review proceedings before the referendum on May 25.

Her case is against the Taoiseach, several Irish ministers and the Republic's Attorney General.

The state parties say it is inappropriate to deal with such a far-reaching matter involving the Electoral Acts in such a short time scale. It should also be dealt with through a normal High Court plenary hearing rather than by way of judicial review, the Republic says.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan fixed next Friday for a hearing of Ms Morelli's application for permission to bring proceedings.

But he said it seemed a "very tall order" to meet Ms Morelli's application to be allowed to vote on May 25.

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