Meadows v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

JurisdictionIreland
CourtSupreme Court
JudgeMurray C.J.,Kearns P.,Denham J.,Mr. Justice Hardiman.,Mr. Justice Fennelly
Judgment Date21 January 2010
Neutral Citation[2010] IESC 3
Docket Number[S.C. No. 419 of 2003]
Date21 January 2010

[2010] IESC 3

THE SUPREME COURT

Murray C.J.

Kearns P.

Denham J.

Hardiman J.

Fennelly J.

419/2003
Meadows v Min for Justice & Ors
UNAPPROVED
IN THE MATTER OF THE REFUGEE ACT 1996 (AS AMENDED) IN THE MATTER OF THE IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 AND IN THE MATTER OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (TRAFFICKING) ACT, 2000

BETWEEN

ABOSEDE OLUNWATOYIN MEADOWS
APPLICANT / APPELLANT

AND

THE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND LAW REFORM, IRELAND AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
RESPONDENTS

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (TRAFFICKING) ACT 2000 S5(3)(A)

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (TRAFFICKING) ACT 2000 S5

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S17(1)(B)

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S5

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(6)

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(1)

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(2)

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(2)(F)

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(3)

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S5(2)

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S5(1)

KEEGAN & LYSAGHT, STATE v STARDUST VICTIMS COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL 1986 IR 642 1987 ILRM 202

O'KEEFFE v BORD PLEANALA & O'BRIEN 1993 1 IR 39 1992 ILRM 237

ASSOCIATED PROVINCIAL PICTURE HOUSES LTD v WEDNESBURY CORP 1948 1 KB 223 1947 2 AER 680

R v CHIEF CONSTABLE OF NORTH WALES POLICE, EX PARTE EVANS 1982 1 WLR 1155 1982 3 AER 141

CONSTITUTION ART 34.3.2

BYRNE v IRELAND & AG 1972 IR 241

MESKELL v CORAS IOMPAIR EIREANN 1973 IR 121

CARMODY v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS 2010 1 IR 635 2010 1 ILRM 157 2009/8/1838 2009 IESC 71

HEANEY & MCGUINNESS v IRELAND & AG 1994 3 IR 593 1994 2 ILRM 420 1994/10/3029B

ART 26 OF THE CONSTITUTION & EMPLOYMENT EQUALITY BILL 1996, IN RE 1997 2 IR 321 1998/18/6758

ART 26 OF THE CONSTITUTION & HEALTH (AMDT) (NO 2) BILL 2004, IN RE 2005 1 IR 105 2005 1 ILRM 401 2005/29/5927 2005 IESC 7

D (T) & ORS v MIN FOR EDUCATION & ORS 2001 4 IR 259 2001/5/1050

EAST DONEGAL CO-OPERATIVE LIVESTOCK MART LTD & ORS v AG 1970 IR 317

FAJUJONU & ORS v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS 1990 2 IR 151

RADIO LIMERICK ONE LTD v INDEPENDENT RADIO & TELEVISION CMSN 1997 2 IR 291 1997 2 ILRM 1 1997/6/2117

JOWELL & LESTER PROPORTIONALITY: NEITHER NOVEL NOR DANGEROUS (JOWELL & OLIVER NEW DIRECTIONS IN JUDICIAL REVIEW 1988 51-72)

P & ORS v MIN FOR JUSTICE 2002 1 ILRM 16

O (A) & ORS v MIN FOR JUSTICE 2003 1 IR 1 2003/31/7267

R v MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, EX PARTE SMITH 1996 QB 517 1996 2 WLR 305 1996 1 AER 257

R (MAHMOOD) v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT 2001 1 WLR 840 2001 1 FLR 756 2001 2 FCR 63 2001 HRLR 143

R v LORD SAVILLE OF NEWDIGATE & ORS, EX PART A & ORS 2000 1 WLR 1855 1999 4 AER 860

Z (V) v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS 2002 2 IR 135 2002 2 ILRM 215 2003/49/12190

O v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS [BABY O CASE] 2002 2 IR 169 2003 1 ILRM 241 2002/3/501

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS ART 5

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(3)(B)

LAURENTIU v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS 1999 4 IR 26

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (TRAFFICKING) ACT 2000 S5(2)(B)

RSC O. 84

ART 26 OF THE CONSTITUTION & S5 & S10 OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (TRAFFICKING) BILL 1999, IN RE 2000 2 IR 360 2000/11/4122

CONSTITUTION ART 40.4.2

MCNAMARA (KILL RESIDENTS GROUP) v BORD PLEANALA (NO 1) 1995 2 ILRM 125 1995/3/1122

LOCAL GOVT (PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT) ACT 1992

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 2003

SINNOTT v MIN FOR EDUCATION & ORS 2001 2 IR 545

EHRENREICH & BARR INTERSEX SURGERY FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING & THE SELECTIVE CONDEMNATION OF CULTURAL PRACTICES 2005 40 HARV CR-CL LAW REV 71

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS ART 3

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S17(6)

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S17(5)

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(3)(A)

P (F) & ORS v MIN FOR JUSTICE 2002 1 IR 164 2002 1 ILRM 38 2001/20/5496

IMMIGRATION ACT 1999 S3(3)(B)

SHUM v IRELAND & AG 1986 ILRM 593 1986/4/1484

OSHEKU v IRELAND & ORS 1986 IR 733 1987 ILRM 330 1986/7/1474

BUGDAYCAY v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT 1987 AC 514 1987 2 WLR 606 1987 1 AER 940

N (BJ) v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS 2008 3 IR 305 2008/45/9720 2008 IEHC 8

NASH v MIN FOR JUSTICE 2004 3 IR 296 2005 1 ILRM 503 2004/36/8241 2004 IEHC 356

HAUGHEY, IN RE 1971 IR 217

ROGAN FASTER HIGHER STRONGER? SECTIONS 5 & 10 OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (TRAFFICKING) ACT 2000 2002 10 ISLR 3

MOYNIHAN ANXIOUSLY AWAITING HEIGHTENED SCRUTINY: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN WEDNESBURY UNREASONABLENESS 2004 4 UC DUBLIN L REV 37

HOGAN JUDICIAL REVIEW, THE DOCTRINE OF REASONABLENESS & THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS 2001 6 BAR REVIEW 329

FLOOD v GARDA SIOCHANA COMPLAINTS BOARD 1997 3 IR 321 1998/6/1620

GRIFFITH THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF SIR JOHN LAWS 2000 63 MLR 159

R v CAMBRIDGE HEALTH AUTHORITY, EX PARTE B (NO 1) 1995 1 WLR 898 1995 2 AER 129 1995 1 FLR 1055 1995 2 FCR 485

R v CAMBRIDGE HEALTH AUTHORITY, EX PARTE B 25 BMLR 5

LAWS IS THE HIGH COURT THE GUARDIAN OF FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS? 1993 PL 59

DIKILU v MIN FOR JUSTICE & INTERIM REFUGEE APPEALS AUTHORITY UNREP FINLAY-GEOGHEGAN 2.7.2003 2003/12/2596

CAMARA v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS UNREP KELLY 26.7.2000 2000/4/1247

A (T) v MIN FOR JUSTICE UNREP SMYTH 15.1.2002 2002/1/19

KENNY v JUDGE COUGHLAN & DPP UNREP O'NEILL 8.2.2008 2008/33/7191 2008 IEHC 28

MCLOUGHLIN v O'BRIAN & ORS 1983 1 AC 410 1982 2 WLR 982 1982 2 AER 298

BAKER v CANADA (MIN FOR CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION) 174 DLR (4TH) 193 1999 2 SCR 817

M & J GLEESON & CO & ORS v COMPETITION AUTHORITY & ORS 1999 1 ILRM 401

ORANGE COMMUNICATIONS LTD v DIRECTOR OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATION & METEOR MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS LTD (NO 2) 2000 4 IR 159 2000/15/5538

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S16(2)(A)

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S2

REFUGEE ACT 1996 S9(2)

CONVENTION ON THE STATUS OF REFUGEES & STATELESS PERSONS 1951 (GENEVA CONVENTION) ART 33

DE BLACAM JUDICIAL REVIEW 2ED 2009 338

COUNCIL OF CIVIL SERVICE UNIONS & ORS v MIN FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE 1984 3 AER 935 1985 AC 374 1984 3 WLR 1174 1985 ICR 14

CITYVIEW PRESS LTD & FOGARTY v CHOMHAIRLE OILIUNA & ORS 1980 IR 381

LYNCH, STATE v COONEY & AG 1982 IR 337

O'NEILL & QUINN v GOVERNOR OF CASTLEREA PRISON & ORS 2004 1 IR 298

O'BRIEN v BORD NA MONA & AG 1983 IR 255

GREENE & ORS v MIN FOR AGRICULTURE & ORS 1990 2 IR 17 1990 ILRM 364 1989/6/1577

CLINTON v BORD PLEANALA & ORS (NO 2) 2007 4 IR 701 2007 2 ILRM 81 2007/9/1805 2007 IESC 19

CINEMATOGRAPH ACT 1909

SUNDAY ENTERTAINMENTS ACT 1932 (UK)

R v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT, EX PARTE BRIND & ORS 1991 1 AC 696 1991 2 WLR 588 1991 1 AER 720

A & ORS v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT 2005 2 AC 68 2005 2 WLR 87 2005 3 AER 169

BELOFF 'THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE HOUSE OF LORDS 1982-2001' IN BLOM-COOPER & ORS (EDS) THE JUDICIAL HOUSE OF LORDS 1876-2009 2009 408-409

HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998 (UK)

CRAIG 'SUBSTANCE & PROCEDURE IN JUDICIAL REVIEW' IN ANDENAS & FAIRGRIEVE (EDS) TOM BINGHAM & THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE LAW: A LIBER AMICORUM 2009

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS ART 13

SOERING v UNITED KINGDOM 1989 11 EHRR 439

VILVARAJAH & ORS v UNITED KINGDOM 1992 14 EHRR 248

BENSAID v UNITED KINGDOM 2001 33 EHRR 10 11 BHRC 297

SMITH & GRADY v UNITED KINGDOM 1999 IRLR 734 2000 29 EHRR 493

R (DALY) v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT 2001 2 AC 532 2001 2 WLR 1622 2001 3 AER 433

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS ART 8

WHITE v DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL & ORS 2004 1 IR 545 2004 2 ILRM 509 2004/50/11423 2004 IESC 35

O'BRIEN v MORIARTY (NO 2) 2006 2 IR 415

MATTHEWS v IRISH COURSING CLUB 1993 1 IR 346 1992/8/2479

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 2003 S3

K v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT; FORNAH v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT 2007 1 AC 412 2006 3 WLR 733 2007 1 AER 671

IMMIGRATION LAW

Judicial review

Leave - Test - Human rights - Criteria courts should apply when reviewing validity of administrative decisions where constitutional or convention rights at stake - Whether established criteria for grant of judicial review correct test to apply in cases in which human or constitutional rights - Whether anxious scrutiny applicable where issues of fundamental human rights concerned - Proportionality - Reasons - Deportation - Leave to remain - Humanitarian grounds - Refusal - Constitutional rights - Principle of non-refoulement - Female genital mutilation - Judicial review - Decision - Reasons - Statutory considerations - O'Keeffe v An Bord Pleanála [1993] 1 IR 39, East Donegal Co-Operative Livestock Mart Ltd v Attorney General [1970] IR 317, State (Lynch) v Cooney [1982] IR 337, O'Neill v Governor of Castlerea Prison [2004] IESC 7 and 73, [2004] 1 IR 298, O'Brien v Bord na Móna [1983] IR 255, Greene v Minister for Agriculture [1990] 2 IR 17, Clinton v An Bórd Pleanála [2007] IESC 19, [2007] 4 IR 701, Radio Limerick One Ltd v Independent Radio and Television [1997] 2 IR 151, State (Keegan) v. Stardust Compensation Tribunal [1986] I.R. 642 Fajujonu v Minister for Justice [1990] 2 IR 151, AO & DL v Minister for Justice [2003] 1 IR 1, FP v Minister for Justice [2002] 1 IR 164, Baby O v Minister for Justice [2002] 2 IR 169 and Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Bill 1999 [2000] 2 I.R. 360 considered - Refugee Act 1996 (No 17), s 5 - Immigration Act 1999 (No 22) s 3 - Applicant's appeal allowed (419/2003 - SC - 21/1/2010) [2010] IESC 72

Meadows v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Facts: The appellant, a Nigerian national who arrived in the State in 1999 seeking refugee status unsuccessfully, brought an appeal pursuant to a certificate granted by the High Court under s. 5(3)(a) Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act 2000 on a point of law to determine whether or not the reasonableness of an administrative decision which effected constitutional rights had to be determined by reference to the standard set out in O' Keefe v. An Bord Pleanala [1993] 1 IR 39. The appellant filed a full notice of appeal in 2003 to the Supreme Court. The appellant alleged that she had a well-founded fear of persecution...

To continue reading

Request your trial
429 cases
  • Ugbo & Buckley v Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 5 March 2010
    ...AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RESPONDENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION NOTICE PARTY MEADOWS v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS UNREP SUPREME 21.1.2010 2010 IESC 3 INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL & POLITICAL RIGHTS ART 12 EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS ART 3 IMMIGRATIO......
  • S. (O.O.) v Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 12 May 2010
    ...OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPT 2007 2 AC 167 2007 2 WLR 581 2007 4 AER 15 MEADOWS v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS UNREP SUPREME 21.1.2010 2010 IESC 3 KOUAYPE v MIN FOR JUSTICE & REFUGEE APPEALS TRIBUNAL (EAMES) UNREP CLARKE 9.11.2005 2005/35/7364 2005 IEHC 380 IMMIGRATION Asylum Delay - Extensi......
  • A. (A.) v Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 28 October 2009
  • J.E. v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 22 October 2010
    ...REFUGEE ACT 1996 S5 EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS ART 3 MEADOWS v MIN FOR JUSTICE UNREP SUPREME 21.1.2010 2010 IESC 3 D v UNITED KINGDOM 1997 24 EHRR 423 KOUAYPE v MIN FOR JUSTICE & ORS UNREP CLARKE 9.11. 2005 2005/35/7364 2005 IEHC 380 CONSTITUTION ART ......
  • Request a trial to view additional results
2 firm's commentaries
  • High Court Clips Wings Of Licensing Bodies
    • Ireland
    • Mondaq Ireland
    • 14 October 2014
    ...by reason of disproportionality, the Court adverted to the decisions of the Supreme Court inMeadows v Minister for Justice [2010] 2 IR 701, and of the High Court in Radio Limerick One v IRTC [1997] 2 IR 291 and Heaney v Ireland [1994] 3 IR 593. Noting that the applicant's business would be ......
  • Judicial Review: Setting Aside Decisions For 'Unreasonableness'
    • Ireland
    • Mondaq Ireland
    • 8 May 2012
    ...2010 Supreme Court decision in Meadows v The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform [2010] IESC 3 clarified the extent to which a decision of an administrative decision-maker might successfully be set aside by way of judicial review on the basis of a lack of proportionality, as oppos......
3 books & journal articles
  • Judicial Review of the Decisions of the Director of Public Prosecutions
    • Ireland
    • Trinity College Law Review Nbr. XIX-2016, January 2016
    • 1 January 2016
    ...constitutional requirements of procedural fairness. 48 Consequently, a duty to give reasons in respect of the 45 [1982] ILRM 385. 46 [2011] 2 ILRM 157, at 177-178. 47 [2014] IESC 19, at [15] to [17]. 48 [2014] IESC 19, at [42]. 2016] Judicial Review of the Decisions of the DPP 207 DPP’s dec......
  • Case Note: Wicklow County Council v Fortune (No 2): Foundations Built on Sand?
    • Ireland
    • Trinity College Law Review Nbr. XVII-2014, January 2014
    • 1 January 2014
    ...that profiting from deliberate and conscious wrongful action is incompatible 42 Meadows v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform [2010] 2 IR 701, at [62]. 43 [2013] IEHC 255, at [5]. 44 [2013] IEHC 255, at [31]. 45 Joseph Raz, The Concept of a Legal System (2 nd ed., Clarendon Press,......
  • Case Note: AB v The Clinical Director of St Loman's Hospital
    • Ireland
    • Trinity College Law Review Nbr. XXII-2019, January 2019
    • 1 January 2019
    ...[71]. 49 ibid [73]. In reaching this conclusion Hogan J considered the decision of the Supreme Court in Meadows v Minister for Justice [2010] IESC 3. 2019] Case Note: AB 73 it is not also then an ineffective remedy for voluntary patients detained under sections 23 and 24. 50 It would have b......

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT