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Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters ordered to pay legal costs for High Court hearing

Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters have been ordered to pay the costs of two days of litigation in t...
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12.28 4 Jun 2020


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Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters have been ordered to pay the costs of two days of litigation in the High Court.

It's after they launched a legal challenge to the restrictions brought in to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Justice Meenan ruled the lay litigants' failure to consider legal arguments put forward in court meant the proceedings were "very far from being in the public interest".

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He ordered them to pay the costs incurred by the Oireachtas and the Minister for Health.

Last month, Ms O'Doherty and Mr Waters were refused permission to challenge the emergency legislation that introduced the COVID-19 restrictions.

They wanted the High Court to allow them bring a judicial review, as part of an attempt to have the laws quashed.

In ruling against their application for a full judicial review, Mr Justice Meenan said their claims were not arguable.

In his judgement, Mr Meenan stated: "In court, the applicants gave unsubstantiated opinions, speeches, engaged in empty rhetoric and sought to draw an historical parallel with Nazi Germany.

"Such a parallel is both absurd and offensive.

"Unsubstantiated opinions, speeches, rhetoric and a bogus historical parallel are not substitutes for facts".

Main image: File photo of John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty arriving at the Four Courts. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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