- Pringle, an Irish MP, objected to Ireland’s participation in the European Stability Mechanism (ESM)
- He claimed that the participation was contrary to the Irish constitution, incompatible with EU Treaties and was based on an unlawful Council decision
- Was the Council decision adopted unlawful?
- The ESM was established outside of the scope of the treaties
- The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union will not apply as it may not extend EU law competencies