Sunday September 20, 2020

Referendum could lead to 'endless litigation'

The stability treaty raises the possibility that our own courts may have to accept a dilution of our fundamental rights, writes Edmund Honohan.

30th June, 2012
The treaty will mean new legislation regarding constitutional rights. Photo: Getty

The stability treaty will mean new legislation and litigation regarding conflicting Constitutional rights, old and new.

Now that we've voted Yes, it's time to turn our attention to the legislative "provisions of binding force and permanent character, preferably constitutional" which Ireland has agreed to enact before the end of 2013 at the latest. These will introduce independent national monitoring and an automatically-triggered correction mechanism incorporating common principles, to be proposed by the European Commission.

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