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# law reform

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# Consent
Law Reform Commission recommends changes to laws surrounding consent in rape cases
The commission is calling for the introduction of a new ‘objective’ test.
# Defamation Act
Law Reform Commission proposes extension of court privilege to bloggers and social media reporters
A new report by the commission has looked at possible amendments to the Defamation Act.
# law reform
Should the law be changed to introduce caps on personal injury claims? A review has been launched
Reviews are also set to be carried out in areas of law concerning hotel liability and privacy in the digital era.
# law reform
Here are the legal options being considered about sexual consent
The Law Reform Commission is examining a number of issues in relation to rape cases.
# Review
Should neighbours of land bought under compulsory purchase order get compensation?
The Law Reform Commission is examining 23 issues on compulsory purchase orders and wants to hear from interested parties.
# seeking justice
'I will hunt you down and find you': Meet the New York solicitor who's tackling revenge porn
Strict new laws on revenge porn are set to come into effect in Ireland.
# Your Say
Poll: Should suspects in garda custody get more legal protection?
A Supreme Court ruling suggests clarification is needed, what do you think?
# prenup
Laws recognising prenups to be considered by Government
At present, prenuptial agreements are not binding in Irish law with settlements at the discretion of judges as part of divorce proceedings.
# Speaking out
Abuse survivor Fiona Doyle calls for minimum sentences for rape
The Wicklow woman, who suffered a decade of abuse at the hands of her father, is backing the findings of a report on sentencing.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added 114-year-old Mexican
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# law reform
Reform could mean dramatic overhaul of ministerial responsibility
Brendan Howlin will shortly receive a policy paper outlining how laws can be changed to make ministers more responsible.
Column: Want to appeal a social welfare decision? Be warned: it's a bureaucratic maze
Almost half of social welfare appeals are successful – but it can take years for people to be heard and the system is patently unfair, writes Saoirse Brady.
# criminal justice
New bill will allow minor criminal records to be wiped
The Spent Convictions Bill will strike out some convictions if the person has not been convicted again within a certain period.
Column: Legal reform is a chance to finally do the right thing for consumers
Solicitors and barristers exist for their clients – not the other way around. That’s why reform of the legal system is crucial, writes Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.
# law reform
Shatter calls on legal system to engage "constructively" on law reform
The Minister for Justice said that planned legal reform is based on the idea that “solicitors and barristers exist for their clients, not the other way round”.
# care in the home
Report: Government needs to regulate home care services
A new report by the Law Reform Commission recommends that a register of professional home carers should be set up.