Progress Report.

Progress Report.


We are pleased to announce that our book will be published in January 2017. The book is available for pre-order here and a table of contents is below.  Pre-publication versions of some of the book’s contents are available online:

Events and Outreach

In March, the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster hosted a discussion on the project which featured contributions from the first women judges of the Northern Irish High Court; Mrs. Justice Keegan and Madam Justice McBride. The project has also featured at events including Law, Revolution and Sovereignty at NUIG (a video of Mairead Enright’s talk is here), the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Seminar at Northumbria University and  ‘Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution‘ in Belfast. Aoife O’Donoghue spoke about the project on NearFM. At DCU, students participating in the Aoife King Internal Moot drew on lessons from the feminist judgments project. We also featured in the University Observer.

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Dedication by Sarah Clancy

Foreword by Professor Monica McWilliams



Notes on Contributors

Table of Cases

Tables of Statutes and Legislation

Glossary of terms


Part I Introduction

1          Introduction: Troubling Judgment

Julie McCandless, Máiréad Enright and Aoife O’Donoghue

2          ‘Involuntary Patriotism’: Judges, Women and National Identity on the Island of Ireland

Máiréad Enright

3          Doing Feminist Judgments

             Mary Shine Thompson

4          Judging and the Judgment Writing Process: A Northern/Irish Perspective

Aoife O’Donoghue

Part II             Mothering Subjects

5          McGee v Attorney General

Commentary: Emilie Cloatre and Máiréad Enright

Judgment: Máiréad Enright

6          Flynn v Power

Commentary: Deirdre McGowan

Judgment: Eoin Daly


7          Mhic Mhathúna v Attorney General

Commentary: Colm O’Cinnéide

Judgment: Liam Thornton


8          Matrimonial Homes Bill

Commentary: Lucy-Ann Buckley

Judgment: Louise Crowley


9          National and Provincial Building Society v Lynd

Commentary: Lorna Fox O’Mahony

Judgment: David Capper


10        Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the “Kerry Babies Case”

Commentary: Yvonne Daly

Judgment: Vicky Conway


Part III            Othered Subjects


11        McGimpsey v Ireland

Commentary: Ruth Houghton

Judgment: Aoife O’Donoghue


12        In Re White

Commentary: Carmel Roulston

Judgment: Catherine O’Rourke


13        Lobe v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Commentary: Hilkka Becker

Judgment: Cliodhna Murphy and Siobhán Mullally


14        Zappone and Gilligan v The Revenue Commissioners, Ireland and the Attorney General

Commentary: Siobhán Wills and Máiréad Enright

Judgment: Fiona de Londras


15        In Re E (a child)

Commentary: Christine Bell

Judgment: Colin Murray


16        O’Keeffe v Hickey

Commentary: Laura Hilly

Judgment: Maeve O’Rourke


17        Christian Brothers High School Clonmel v Mary Stokes and the Equality   Authority

Commentary: Claire Bruton

Judgment: Olivia Smith


Part IV            Choosing Subjects


18        Attorney General v X

Commentary: Sheelagh McGuinness

Judgment: Ruth Fletcher


19        North Western Health Board v HW and CW (PKU)

Commentary: Donal Coffey

Judgment: Maebh Harding


20        PM  v  the Board of Management of St Vincent’s Hospital and Justin Geoghegan and the Attorney General

Commentary: Claire Murray

Judgment: Mary Donnelly


21        Re Family Planning Association of Northern Ireland

Commentary: Sarah Ramshaw

Judgment: Kathryn McNeilly


22        Society for the Protection of Unborn Children’s Application

Commentary: John Kennedy

Judgment: Claire McCann


Part V             Embodied Subjects


23        DPP v Tiernan

Commentary: Liz Campbell

Judgment: Louise Kennefick and Caroline Fennell


24        McKinley v Minister for Defence

Commentary: Fergus Ryan

Judgment: Joanne Conaghan


25        BJM v CM

Commentary: Christine Ryan

Judgment: Aideen Ryan and Katie Dawson


26        DPP v C

Commentary: Anna Arstein-Kerslake

Judgment: Eilionóir Flynn and Sinéad Ring


27        CC v Ireland

Commentary: Cian Ó Concubhair

Judgment: David Prendergast


28        Foy v An t-Ard Chláraitheoir

Commentary: Ivana Bacik

Judgment: Tanya ní Mhuirthile


29        Barnes v Belfast City Council

Commentary: Fiona Cooke

Judgment: Marie Fox


30        A and B (by C) v A (Health and Social Services Trust)

Commentary: Marian Duggan

Judgment: Julie McCandless