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The Pre-Independence Project

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  • Sure it's not pre-1801? The ad in the Sunday Business Post today said it was pre-1801.

    I think it's great. It's completely unreasonable to have statutes dating back to the 1400's etc.

    I can definitely see something going awry though. They'll miss something, and somebody won't be able to be charged.




  • Yes I think this round is just pre-1801 but I seen an interview with Mr. Ahern and he said his aim was to get rid of all pre-1922 legislation. I think we should aim for all pre-Constitution legislation.

    Indeed, this has happended before didn't it.




  • Great in theory, in practice they will mess something up

    in practice remember non-fatal offences against the person act and kennedy v. ireland, they will mess it up (abolished common law offence of kidnapping without saver for those who committted it before act)




  • See also Quinlivan v. Governor of Portlaoise Prison [1998] 2 IR 113 where the common law of false imprisonment was abolished and replaced with statutory offences, without transitional provisions for those who were awaiting judgement.

    However the court was able to hold that “the intention of the Oireachtas was to act prospectively and not to interfere with prosecutions under common law and s. 11 of the Criminal Law Act, 1976, of which the courts were already seised.” And saved the Government some face ;)




  • Nice idea, but as with all law, there are grey area's; there's bound to be something that seems obsolete that isn't, or else the wording of new legislation will become a sticking point.


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  • I don't think there's any need for this. They will mess it up, and people will get away with things, away with which they shouldn't get.




  • You can ask for a copy of the Acts proposed to be affected. *posts nice letter to:-
    Mr. Matthew Day
    Office of The Attorney General
    Government Buildings
    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    *

    ;)




  • You can ask for a copy of the Acts proposed to be affected. *posts nice letter to:-
    Mr. Matthew Day
    Office of The Attorney General
    Government Buildings
    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    *

    ;)
    Where does it say this?




  • Sunday Independant, two weeks ago??




  • flogen wrote:
    Nice idea, but as with all law, there are grey area's; there's bound to be something that seems obsolete that isn't, or else the wording of new legislation will become a sticking point.

    Isn't there always? Every new act will eb fought to death and if a case is won McD will change the law and the circle continues.

    that said I am in favour of updating the offences. Impersonating a Garda falls under the mischief Act 1925, whats the peantly? 5 shilling fine????

    Same for prostitution and of course theres many many common law offences and powers that are still hanging around. A complete upgrade is needed not just to pre-1922 but to more recent offences such as theft and as pointed out by another user, rape.


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  • I see that point; recently reading over the legislation in relation to gambling (not sure what year it was from, may not be a part of this project) but it was in shillings etc.; so you could only use one armed bandits (or whatever they call them) if you are betting no more than x amount per go and the jackpot is less than a certain amount too..




  • Dealing with monetary amounts and fines could be easily broadbrushed with:

    "An amount stated in an act passed between 1 January 1930 and 31 December 1939 shall be adjusted by a factor of 3

    An amount stated in an act passed between 1 January 1940 and 31 December 1949 shall be adjusted by a factor of 2.75

    ..." or somesuch.

    Codifying fines would also make sense (I think it's been done in the UK). Essentially all very miror offences (say "Class 1") e.g. not paying parking meter are grouped together and given a single fine, the amount of which is revised periodicly. The next step up e.g. nuisance parking ("Class 2"), is given a fine that is a multiple of a Class A. Further up, e.g. dangerous parking is a Class 3 and/or one month and so on.


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