Attorney General v O'Ryan and Boyd

JurisdictionIreland
Judgment Date01 January 1946
Date01 January 1946
CourtHigh Court
(H.C.),
Attorney-General
and
O'Ryan and Boyd

Abusive letter sent to Circuit Court Judge subsequently to termination of proceedings - Letter reflecting on Circuit Court Judge both in his judicial capacity and personally - Letter read by writer at meeting of County Council - Resolution by County Council condemning Circuit Court Judge - Proceedings of County Council reported in newspaper - Letter published in newspaper - Scandalising the Court -Motion to attach writer of letter and editor of newspaper - Jurisdiction of High Court - Newspaper Libel and Registration Act, 1881 (44 45 Vict., c. 60), s. 2 - Law of Libel (Amendment) Act, 1888 (51 52 Vict., c. 64), s. 4 - Constitution of 1937, Art. 34, s. 3, sub-s. 1.

The High Court has full jurisdiction under Art. 34, s. 3, sub-s. 1, of the Constitution to deal with contempt of Court where the Circuit Court is scandalised and will, in its discretion, exercise that jurisdiction in a proper case. So held by the...

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  • Re Haughey
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • 24 June 1971
    ...Ad. & E. 1. 20 [1928] I.R. 308. 21 [1967] I.R. 147. 22 (1925) 267 U.S. 87. 23 [1945] I.R. 183. 24 [1930] I.R. 163. 25 [1947] I.R. 213. 26 [1946] I.R. 70. 27 [1970] Ch. 28 (1881) 103 U.S. 168. 29 (1957) 354 U.S. 178. 30 [1970] I.R. 317. 31 [1965] I.R. 217. 32 [1965] I.R. 411. 33 (1969) 395 U......
  • Attorney General v Connolly
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 27 January 1947
  • Desmond v Glackin
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 9 January 1992
    ...OFFENCES AGAINST THE STATE (AMDT) ACT 1972 S4 CONTEMPT OF COURT: LAW REFORM COMMISSION CONSULTATION PAPER JULY 1991 AG V RYAN & BOYD 1946 IR 70 HAUGHEY, IN RE 1971 IR 217 MACARTHUR, IN RE 1983 ILRM 355 BYRNE V IRELAND 1972 IR 241 MACAULEY V AG 1966 IR 345 BULA V TARA MINES 1987 IR 85 Q......
  • Keegan v de Burca
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • 24 July 1973
    ...3. 2 (1888) 21 Q.B.D. 236. 3 [1962] 2 Q.B. 637. 4 [1970] 1 Ch. 128. 5 [1928] I.R. 308. 6 (1933) 69 I.L.T.R. 115. 7 [1938] I.R. 485. 8 [1946] I.R. 70. 9 [1947] I.R. 213. 10 [1971] I.R. 217. 11 [1931] L.J. Ir. 27. 12 [1971] I.R. 13 [1971] I.R. 217. 14 [1928] I.R. 308. 15 [1947] I.R. 213. 16 (......
3 books & journal articles
  • Catholicism and the Judiciary in Ireland, 1922-1960
    • Ireland
    • Irish Judicial Studies Journal No. 1-20, January 2020
    • 1 January 2020
    ...167. 72 ibid 194. 73 Jeremiah Newman, Studies in Political Morality (Scepter 1962) 444. However, see Attorney General v O’Ryan and Boyd [1946] IR 70 for an example of Gavan Duffy J resisting clerical interference in the legal process. [2020] Irish Judicial Studies Journal Vol 4(1) 18 George......
  • Independence, accountability and the irish judiciary
    • Ireland
    • Irish Judicial Studies Journal No. 1-8, January 2008
    • 1 January 2008
    ...where a defamatory statement is made, _____________________________________________________ 63The Attorney General v. O’Ryan and Boyd [1946] I.R. 70. 64 The State (Director of Public Prosecutions) v. Walsh [1981] I.R. 412, at 421. 65 Law Reform Commission Report on Contempt of Court, (Dubli......
  • Criticising judges in Ireland
    • Ireland
    • Irish Judicial Studies Journal No. 1-2, January 2002
    • 1 January 2002
    ...has been a refusal of defence applications for a trial by jury under the Constitution, a strong 16 Attorney General v. O’Ryan and Boyd [1946] I.R. 70. 2001] Criticising Judges in Ireland commitment to preserve the existing jurisdiction, lengthy, closely-argued judgments separately delivered......

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