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Ireland: Gender Recognition Bill Passed

(July 31, 2015) On July 15, 2015, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was passed by the Oireachtas (Irish legislature). (Gender Recognition Bill 2014, No. 116/2014, HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS.) The bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on July 22. (2015 Legislation, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.) The bill enables transgender people to obtain […]

Ireland: New Companies Act Takes Effect

(June 19, 2015) On June 1, 2015, the Companies Act 2014 took effect in Ireland. (Companies Act 2014, No. 38/2014, IRISH STATUTE BOOK.) This is the largest piece of legislation ever enacted in Ireland, comprising a total of 25 Parts (1448 sections) and 17 Schedules. The Act consolidates 16 existing Companies Acts – dating from […]

Ireland: Modified Rules on Abortion Considered

(May 10, 2013) On May 1, 2013, Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, introduced the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. If adopted, the bill would establish new rules governing the provision of abortion to save a pregnant woman’s life, but would not greatly alter <?Ireland's strict abortion laws. (Addison Morris, Ireland Government […]

Ireland: Reform of Begging Laws

(July 14, 2011) On February 2, 2011, the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) enacted the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2011, No. 5/2011 (Office of the Attorney General of Ireland, Irish Statute Book website (last visited July 6, 2011)). Almost two months after the Act's adoption, nearly 180 arrests were made under its provisions. (Jamie Smyth, Garda […]

Ireland: Government Response to Loss in European Court Ruling on Abortion Law

(Jan. 4, 2011) On December 16, 2010, the office of the head of the government in Ireland issued a statement indicating that the government would study the issue of what steps the country needs to take in order to comply with a recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that found that […]

Ireland: EU Divorce Plan Rejected

(July 7, 2010) Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in the Lisbon Treaty allowing core countries to proceed in an initiative without all Member States taking […]

Ireland: New Arbitration Act

(May 21, 2010) With the intention of modernizing its existing law and capitalizing on its great popularity with both business and recreational visitors, Ireland has enacted a new Arbitration Act that will go into force on June 8, 2010. (No.1/2010 (Ir.), (last visited May 18, 2010).) The new law incorporates both the 1958 New […]

Ireland: New Law to Promote Safety in Offshore Drilling

(Apr. 22, 2010) Ireland's Parliament (the Oireachtas) has recently enacted a new Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act, Act 4/2010 (Ir.). The Act has not yet been published in the Irish Statute Book (it would have been available through the online version of the Statute Book, at (last visited Apr. 20, 2010)), but the […]

Ireland: Only Conviction in Omagh Bombing Overturned

(Mar. 26, 2010) On August 15, 1998, a bomb killed 29 persons in the Northern Irish town of Omagh, just north of the United Kingdom's border with the Republic of Ireland. A group known as the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the atrocity, but stated that its target was “commercial” and that it had not […]

Ireland: Government Creating Incineration Capacity and Tax

(Mar. 4, 2010) On February 9, 2010, the Government of Ireland issued a statement to confirm that it is proceeding with the waste management strategy contained in the 2007 Programme for Government and the 2009 Renewed Program for Government. The statement went on to indicate that the Government is drafting legislation to impose a levy […]