The Caretakers Covid-19 legislation, challenged in the High Court


In fairness, theres plenty of it going around at the moment.

A formerly high calibre poster to this forum spent the past week accusing people of being all manner of sinister before taking his ball home with him.

I also read previously that O’Doherty lost her husband a couple of years ago and I also dont think she has any children. Such people are highly isolated within the current set up and must be finding it difficult to cope with the solitude. A number of high profile celebrities appear to be going through similar meltdowns.

Most of us generate our sense of self via how we are reflected back through other people. Id guess that this is more pronounced for people in the public eye who tend to be in receipt of constant, instantaneous validation from those around them. Thats gone now and is probably quite difficult to deal with.

Just goes to show the value of the ties of blood and friendship. Little else matters in truth.


One on climate change thread, can’t remember the other.


Continuing to fight for your right to party.


Interestingly enough Gemma O’Doherty has nearly 52,000 followers on her twitter, it will be interesting to see if it goes up or down.


3 posts were merged into an existing topic: The Great Global Warming Debate


Think the overall state of emergency ‘lockdown’ has not been ruled on here, but the right to charge/fine people for breaking the lockdown is not strictly kosher

Romania: State of Emergency decree issued on 26 March ruled unconstitutional

By Daniel Stroe/ Published on: 07/05/2020

Romania’s Constitutional Court (CCR) ruled on Wednesday that the government’s state of emergency decree no 34/2020 issued on 26 March amending the article no. OUG 1/1999 on the state of siege and state of emergency had been found unconstitutional. According to the CCR, the government cannot restrict the exercise of rights and freedoms through an emergency decree. These decisions can only be taken by a law approved by Parliament.

According to the decision, the provisions of two articles of the Government Emergency Decree no OUG 1/1999 and no OUG 34/2020 concerning fines for non-compliance with restrictions during the state of emergency, “are characterized by a lack of clarity, accuracy and predictability”, which “encourages the police to arbitrarily punish offenders”. The CCR states in a press release that the law on infringement, like criminal law, is subsidiary, and should intervene only when other legal remedies are not sufficient to protect certain social values.

About 300,000 fines have been imposed since the state of emergency came into force, totaling more than 600 million lei (about 120m euros) for the violation of the restrictive measures.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said he was “shocked” by the Constitutional Court’s ruling, which justifies “a very small minority that does not respect the law” and ignores the “overwhelming majority, over 98%”, who behaved “responsibly during this period “. He added that the government would seek “a legal way to allow the authorities” to fight “effectively against those who do not respect the rules” and risk spreading the virus. “We will definitely find constitutional and legislative solutions”, said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. He claims the CCR’s decision is an “invitation for every citizen to break the law” and the rules that were enacted during the state of emergency. “Basically, it’s a call for anarchy and it’s a call for misbehavior towards society”, Orban stressed.


Confirmation, if any were needed, that she’s a Qool-Aid sipping moron. I seriously wonder if there’s another virus turning some people’s brains to goo.


She appears to be summarising this video embedded in her tweet which comes from the James O’Keefe’s twiter acc, here it is:

“… We had no clue that we were going to have to like do fake patients…”

Tweet Src:

Covering stuff like this.


The beak has spoken.


Garda role in enforcing Covid-19 restrictions untenable, say senior officers

Representative bodies to raise issue at meeting with senior management next Tuesday

The Garda’s role in enforcing Covid-19 restrictions has become untenable and the force should return to more regular policing duties, senior officers have told The Irish Times.

A number say they believe the time has come to bring an end to the Garda Covid-19 enforcement role, which they claim has become unrealistic and unworkable.

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Hear hear.


What a difference a summer makes

May: LOL. Mentally unstable far right ‘conspiracy theorists’ launch a High Court Challenge to the lockdown

August: Eminently sensible Ryanair launch a High Court Challenge to ‘restrictions’

Ryanair and State agree accelerated hearing of challenge to travel restrictions

‘Telescoped’ hearing to take place next month
Ryanair and the State have agreed to an accelerated hearing of the airline’s High Court challenge against the Government’s international travel restrictions.

In an action launched last week, Ryanair claims that the ‘restrictions’, arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, are unlawful, amount to a disproportionate interference of individual’s rights and are detrimental to its business.

In its action against An Taoiseach, Ireland and the Attorney General the airlines seeks and order setting aside the measures. Aer Lingus Ltd is a notice party to the action.

Interesting to see restrictions described as advisory again

The State, which opposes the action, says the measures are advisory, and not mandatory in nature, as alleged by Ryanair. The State also claims that there is no basis for a legal challenge against the measures.

And the court can get a move on when it wants to, or a ‘telescoped’ hearing as its now called

That application was due to be heard next week. However, on Wednesday evening lawyers for the parties told Mr Justice Mark Sanfey that they had reached an agreement that will accelerate the process.

‘Telescoped’ hearing

Eoin O’Shea BL for Ryanair said it had been agreed that there would be what is known as a ‘telescoped’ hearing, where the application for leave and the full challenge itself would be heard at the same time.

The parties were seeking a hearing sometime in mid-September, and the case would take two days to hear, counsel said.

Frank Callanan SC for the State said the State respondents had consented to a telescoped hearing, and a timetable for the exchange of legal documents had also been agreed.

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Specific discussion of Gemma O’Doherty’s arrest continued here - The Arrest Of Gemma O’Doherty