Challenge to UK Government/DUP deal for breaking Good Friday Agreement

by Ciaran McClean

Challenge to UK Government/DUP deal for breaking Good Friday Agreement

by Ciaran McClean
Ciaran McClean
I am a mental health worker and Green Party member in Northern Ireland, married with 3 children. I have campaigned for peace in Northern Ireland most of my life.
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We've issued proceedings

July 10, 2017

Following the overwhelming amount of support I've received so far with this crowdfunding campaign, today I instructed my lawyer to issue the application for judicial review of the decision by Theresa May to enter into the agreement with the DUP. That agreement is, in my view, no more and no less than the purchase by the Government of votes in Parliament using public money.  

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Join me in fighting this unlawful action by our Government in buying the DUP votes to keep it in power, a move that is in direct violation of its rigorous impartiality required by the Good Friday Agreement.

The Tories are being propped up by the DUP in order to cling to power after the recent election. This horrifies me. It's straight bribery – money for votes.  The deal flies in the face of the Good Friday Agreement, under which the Government is obligated to exercise its power with 'rigorous impartiality' on behalf of all the people in the diversity of their identities and traditions.  The Government is threatening hard won peace with their pact with the reactionary DUP.

I wish to hold the Government to account for their actions through the Courts in a judicial review.  My claim is that as a citizen I expect my Government to honour its obligations under the Good Friday Agreement and not to bribe others with money so that it can stay in power. My lawyers have put these points to the Government. They eventually responded failing to meet deadlines they set themselves.  Nothing they said addresses the fundamental issues behind this corrupt deal.  It means that I am pressed to issue proceedings to resolve these issues.  I need funds to meet the costs of doing so. 

The Rule of Law and our democracy are at stake in this case.  It is left to individuals like myself to assert the Rule of Law and our democracy.  If these actions go unchallenged the values we hold as democrats are greatly diminished.

We've issued proceedings

July 10, 2017

Following the overwhelming amount of support I've received so far with this crowdfunding campaign, today I instructed my lawyer to issue the application for judicial review of the decision by Theresa May to enter into the agreement with the DUP. That agreement is, in my view, no more and no less than the purchase by the Government of votes in Parliament using public money.  

My lawyers have corresponded with the Government and the response from the Government offered nothing to dissuade us from pursuing this application. My lawyers have applied that the application should be expedited and we wait now upon the Court.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far, we hit our initial target on the first day of launching the campaign, and have now issued legal proceedings. I am continuing to raise funds to cover the legal costs of taking this case to Court.

Ciaran.

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