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Government Press Statement Re: Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights delivered this morning in the case of A, B and C v Ireland


This judgment from the European Court of Human Rights confirms that Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution is in conformity with the European Convention on Human Rights. In the case of two of the three applicants, Ms A and Ms B, the Court dismissed their applications, finding that there had been no violation of their rights under the Convention.

In the case of the third applicant, Ms C, the Court found that Ireland had failed to respect the applicant's private life contrary to Article 8 of the Convention, as there was no accessible and effective procedure to enable her to establish whether she qualified for a lawful termination of pregnancy in accordance with Irish law.

The Government will examine the judgement carefully and consider what steps are required to implement the judgment.


16th December 2010