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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Legislation

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# Licencing
New laws to regulate private security employed to enforce eviction orders
Such operators will in future be subject to training standards and a licencing regime, if the legislation is amended.
# Legislation
Gambling regulator could take 18 months to set up, says Taoiseach
Measures first mooted in the Gambling Control Bill (2013) are finally set to be enacted by government.
# Abortion
Multiple investigations under way over alleged leak of patient's details after abortion at NMH
Health Minister Simon Harris has said he is very concerned about the alleged case, and has launched an investigation.
# Great Irish Sell Off
Bill which aims to force banks to ask for permission before selling mortgages to vulture funds passes in the Dáil
The Bill puts into law what already exists at the moment as a voluntary Central Bank code
# concert tickets
Fast-tracked: Ticket touting law to ban above-face-value resales to come before the Dáil next week
The proposed legislation would ban the above-face-value resale of tickets for sporting and entertainment events.
# Parenting
Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.
# microbeads
The government is declaring war in 2019 (on single-use plastics)
Unnecessary use of the plastics will be completely banned in the public sector.
# forensics
Excavations at Tuam mother and baby home expected to start in latter half of 2019
The government must first pass legislation allowing it to carry out excavations.
# no debate
'Logjam' of legislation in Dáil might require reintroduction of the controversial guillotine
The Taoiseach said he would like all Brexit legislation to be included in one big Bill.
Opinion: Let's talk about sex and pornography - like adults do
Now is the time for a mature and sensible discussion about sex and porn. We really need mandatory modern sex education introduced in schools too, writes Caroline West.
# before the break
New laws to punish landlords who raise rents above legal limit to be brought to Cabinet
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy confirmed that the Bill will be brought to Cabinet next Tuesday.
# edging closer
Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week
It is likely the landmark bill to regulate abortion services in Ireland will pass in the Dáil at the earliest next week.
Opinion: Legislating for abortion is very complex and a clear guiding principle is required
The ‘yes’ side contained a wide range of views about when abortion should be permitted – the government can’t please them all, writes Professor Dermot Cox.
# Banned
New bill proposes ban on tattoos and intimate piercings for under 18s
The Bill has been brought forward by Fianna Fáil public health spokesperson Mary Butler TD.
# New Laws
Here are just some of the government's priorities for the months ahead
Renting, judge’s appointments, microbeads and noise at the airport – just some of the issues the government plan to tackle.
# Abortion Law
Cost of rolling out abortion services in Ireland will be 'significant', says Harris
The abortion legislation will be introduced in the Dáil next week
# new alcohol laws
Irish Cancer Society urges minister not to drop proposed cancer warning labels on alcohol products
Political parties are under pressure to weaken some aspects of the legislation.
# lifting the veil
How much is being spent by Áras an Uachtaráin? Fianna Fáil wants to find out
The office of presidency spends about €7m per year, but the breakdown of that spending is kept under wraps.
# Driving Test
Driving test waiting times drop - but some learners still waiting months
The average wait is nearly 12 weeks but some learners have waited much longer to hear about their test date.
# save water
Water levels to be dropped in Dublin as temperatures soar
Irish Water has asked the public to conserve water where possible during the hot weather.
# Legislation
UK companies could have to reveal pay gaps between employees and their bosses
Following public outcry UK firms will have to reveal boss-staff pay gaps under draft law for 2019
# Will to change
'All eyes are on the UK government': Who'll be the first to make moves to change NI's abortion laws?
A Supreme Court decision made today has led to continued calls for a change to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.
# Eighth Amendment
Harris to seek permission to draft abortion legislation over summer
It could be in place by the end of the year.
# burden of proof
Would it work here? New law in Iceland means rape accused must prove they had explicit consent
The Department of Justice in Ireland is currently reviewing sexual assault legislation and has been urged to provide greater protection for victims.
# Eighth Amendment
Minister establishes Referendum Commission for Eighth Amendment referendum
Earlier, Simon Harris outlined details of a policy paper on the proposed abortion legislation.
# Legislation
Poland's president to sign controversial Holocaust bill into law
The law would set fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.
# Drones
Drunk droning in the US state of New Jersey is now illegal
Infractions can be punishable by up to six months in prison and a $1,000 (€815) fine.
# Finian McGrath
Minister to ask Cabinet to ratify disabilities legislation by end of December
The Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath will look for his Cabinet colleagues to support his draft legislation today.
# Medicinal Cannabis
The medicinal cannabis bill passed through the Dáil last year, but now it's on the shelf
The Bill which passed through the Dáil has effectively shelved following a damning report.
# ask for help
Fianna Fáil TD becomes emotional in Dáil speaking about death of young man by suicide
Lisa Chambers was speaking during a Dáil debate on her party’s Bill to strengthen the rights of mental health patients.
# Sex Offenders
Repeat sex offenders will face mandatory minimum sentencing under new laws
The new Bill is to get Cabinet approval in the Autumn.
# Abortion
Taoiseach gives first response to Citizen's Assembly vote, says committee now being set up
Kenny commended the Citizen’s Assembly’s chairperson, Ms Justice Laffoy on her work.
# Prostitution
'An historic day': It is now illegal to buy sex in Ireland
Not everyone is happy with the new legislation.
# all the facts
FactFind: One year in, is this really a "do-nothing" Dáil?
We take a deeper look at how the 32nd Dáil compares to its predecessors.
# gambling issues
'They can be in bed next to their partner, gambling away the rent'
It’s four years since new gambling legislation was put in train – and experts say it can’t come soon enough.
# hollyweed
A prankster made some slight changes to the Hollywood sign overnight
It now reads Hollyweed, after the state passed a vote with legalised the recreational use of marijuana.
# victims' rights
Victims will be able to seek review if a suspect is not prosecuted
Frances Fitzgerald said this bill will “introduce, for the first time, statutory rights for victims of crime”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should mandatory retirement be abolished?
Retirement clauses have led to high numbers of older people on the dole.
# wheelpolitik
Regulations to crack down on Dublin rickshaw drivers could be on the way soon
Transport Minister Shane Ross said discussions have recently taken place between Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.
# gsoc
GSOC: 'Gardaí are damned if they do, damned if they don't'
Judge Mary Ellen Ring said they are taking up the slack for other agencies.