Landmark case brought by Kerryman and family upheld by European Court of Justice

A landmark case brought by a Kerryman and his family has been upheld by the European Court of Justice. Sean Ambrose McCarthy, who was born in Kerry, and his family  have won their challenge to a UK immigration law  governing a category of  non-EU citizens. European Court of Justice logo Kerry-born multimillionaire Sean Ambrose McCarthy, who has dual Irish and British nationality, is married to a Columbian citizen with whom he has a daughter. They live in Spain but also own a house in the UK and travel regularly to that country. Mr McCarthy’s wife, Helena Patricia McCarthy Rodriguez , has a residence card as a family member of an EU citizen. This has been issued by Spanish authorities. But under UK law, as a holder of such a card,   she must apply for an entry permit which is valid for six months if she wants to enter Britain. This permit can be renewed only if she goes in person to a British diplomatic mission abroad and fills in the relevant form. The McCarthy family believed this infringed on their rights of free movement and this has been upheld by the European Court of Justice.

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