Belfast Telegraph

Decision on allowing Northern Ireland abortion referendum vote to be made next month

A Judicial Review has been lodged at the High Court in Dublin aimed at allowing people in Northern Ireland a vote in the forthcoming referendum on Eighth Amendment.

A decision is expected next month.

A statement from Belfast-based solicitors Madden & Finucane said the challenge was being brought forward due to the failure of the Irish state to allow citizens living in Northern Ireland a vote in the referendum.

Michael Halleron, solicitor with Madden & Finucane, said: "This is a matter of national importance and all citizens on the island of Ireland should be entitled to vote in the upcoming referendum."

A vote on whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution - which recognises the equal right to life of the mother and unborn child - is due to be held before the end of May.

The matter has been put back to April 8 to allow all respondents involved, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, to be put on notice.

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