An asylum seeker who was refused an abortion after arriving in Ireland pregnant as a result of an alleged rape is suing the State for damages.
The action, by a woman known as ‘Ms Y’, includes a claim for alleged trespass, assault and battery.
She is also claiming reckless and intentional infliction of emotional harm, breach of duty, false imprisonment and alleged unlawful deprivation of liberty.
The woman further claims there was alleged unjustified intentional negligent infringement of and wrongful interference with, or failure to vindicate, her constitutional rights and her rights under the European Convention of Human Rights.
The case was before the High Court yesterday when Mr Justice Kevin Cross made an order prohibiting the publication or broadcast of any matter relating to the proceedings which would or be likely to identify the woman. The judge also allowed the woman to maintain the proceedings under the pseudonym “Ms Y from Dublin”.
The application for anonymity was not opposed by the State.
Mr Justice Cross, in granting the anonymity order, said Ms Y came to this country in 2014. She became suicidal when she discovered she was pregnant and said she had been kidnapped and raped in her country of origin.