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11 The Supreme Court and the European Union

From: The Irish Supreme Court: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Brice Dickson

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 29 November 2023

This chapter charts the way in which the Irish Supreme Court has applied the law of the European Community/Union. It takes the reader through several seminal cases which illustrate the Court’s readiness to accommodate EC/EU standards within domestic Irish law. These include the Campus Oil case, the Crotty case, the Meagher case, the Maher case, and the Pringle case. This entails explaining and critiquing the Supreme Court’s approach to the doctrine of separation of powers and the status of EC/EU law within the Irish Constitution. The case-law in this field illustrates how activist the Supreme Court can sometimes be. The chapter ends by looking at other respects in which the Supreme Court has interacted with EU law

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