Updated: 07/02/18 : 07:14:08
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Supreme Court to rule on Pro Life Campaign application today

The Supreme Court is due to rule today on an application by the Pro Life Campaign to allow it to be heard in the forthcoming appeal about the extent of the rights of the unborn.

Lawyers for the group told the court yesterday that arising from concerns over recent developments, it wished to be able to make submissions to the court on legal matters.

RTÉ reports that the application was opposed by lawyers for the State, who said a partisan group in the forthcoming referendum should not be seen as having its views promoted over others.

The court's judgment may affect the wording of the forthcoming referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, which gives the unborn an equal right to life to that of its mother.

The court and the State have previously said they are anxious to have the case heard and decided as quickly as possible in light of the referendum.

Mr Justice Clarke urged both sides to give some consideration to the kind of orders they wanted the court to make in the case.

He said the court was anxious to make sure they did not discover a complication in the middle of the hearing that had not been envisaged.

The appeal is due to take two days before a seven-judge court, beginning on 21 February.

There will be a further case management hearing on Friday.