The state has been given two weeks to clarify whether, in fact, there is a law against masses being said in public. The instruction was made today by Judge Charles Meenan, as part of the constitutional case being taken by businessman Declan Ganley.
Mr. Ganley’s lawyers used a procedural hearing today to raise the question as to whether the ban on masses – which Mr. Ganley argues would be unconstitutional – actually exists in law. They cited a recent report by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, made up of senior constitutional law experts, which states that there is, in fact, no ban on the holding of public masses.
Lawyers for the state told the court that they would have to consult with their client before being able to state clearly, on the record of the court, whether such a ban exists.
Mr. Justice Meenan instructed Mr. Ganley’s lawyers to formally ask the state for their position, and gave the state two weeks to respond.
The matter is due to be heard again on April 13th.
In recent weeks, the question of the ban on Mass has risen to prominence, after a Cavan Priest was fined €500 for holding a mass in Public.