Fallout from Lisbon vote

Professor Eamon O’Dwyer of NUI Galway (Letters, 22/06/08) writes that, at present, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is superior to our Supreme Court and can set aside its decisions. This is a common misconception and is not correct.

5th July, 2008

Professor Eamon O’Dwyer of NUI Galway (Letters, 22/06/08) writes that, at present, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is superior to our Supreme Court and can set aside its decisions. This is a common misconception and is not correct.

The ECJ is not superior to national supreme courts and it is not possible to appeal rulings of the Irish Supreme Court to the ECJ. National legal systems have vertical structures, where higher courts may...

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