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# Legislation

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# factcheck
FactCheck: Would a new government bill really decriminalise sex workers?
FactCheck referees a dispute over a controversial new law.
# resolution
Good news for turf cutters: New laws will allow them to work on protected bogs
Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys published legislation during the week to de-designate 46 National Heritage Areas (NHAs) in Ireland.
# car news
New legislation will see insurers and importers declare write-offs
All the car-related news you need to know this week – including new write-off legislation, the all-new Ford Edge SUV and the Kia Niro hybrid crossover.
# education equality
'Baptising my son so he could go to school was the most hypocritical thing I have done'
Parents spoke out about education equality in Ireland at a protest today.
# zimmos
Health Minister moves to make 'Z-drugs' a controlled substance in the wake of gangland murders
The prescription sleeping pills. which are abused by heroin addicts, are extremely dangerous, he says.
# signs of withdrawal
Is the government giving up on medically supervised drug injecting centres?
A new Misuse of Drugs Bill brought to government this week contains no mention of the centres.
# Discrimination
"We must demand true equality": Canada introduces new laws protecting transgender people
“We are still witnesses, and in some cases, victims of injustices,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
# preparatory work
Catherine Murphy says she won't give up on pursuing Siteserv truth
The Siteserv inquiry is having problems, but Catherine Murphy “is not giving up”.
# LGBT Rights
Thousands march for LGBT rights in Rome
Italy is the only major Western European country not to have enacted civil union legislation allowing same-sex couples to have their relationships acknowledged by law.
How the government took 10 years to bring in a new law
The government’s attitude towards disability rights seems to be ‘no rush, we’ll get there in the end’, writes Professor Robbie Gilligan.
# On Yer Own
There was only one TD in the Dáil as a bill was passed yesterday
Ann Phelan and the leas-Ceann Comhairle agreed a number of amendments.
# Abortion
This is the law that Labour wants to replace the 8th Amendment
The legislation would allow for terminations on four grounds.
# If and when
So-called 'If and When' contracts mean a lot of us don't know when we're working
A major new report has found that Irish employees are still not being guaranteed their hours.
# Net Neutrality
The EU voted on rules that will shape the internet here, but how will it affect you?
The new legislation surrounding net neutrality has left many concerned, but there is still hope.
Should bloggers have to say when they're being paid to advertise? Damn right they should
It’s happened in the UK. When’s it going to happen here asks Becky Johnston.
# shortage
This is what is being done to allow Ireland to build more houses
A review into An Bord Pleanála’s is taking place and should be finished by the end of the year.
# Templemore
Garda commissioner rejects claims journalists' phones are being tapped
Noirín O’Sullivan was talking about the relationship between the gardaí and the media.
# Legal Highs
The headshop ban pretty much worked, people stopped abusing headshop drugs
A new Trinity study shows that treatment for ‘legal highs’ dropped to virtually nil
# 8th amendment
The UN wants Ireland to vote on abortion and reconsider austerity
The committee described Ireland’s laws on abortion as “highly restrictive”.
# Explainer
Surrogacy in Ireland: Where do we stand?
The referendum on marriage equality is only a few days away. However, other issues have been entering the debate.
# timelord
This TD is trying to move Ireland into a different timezone
It would bring us in line with a number of our European neighbours.
# War on Tobacco
Big Tobacco is threatening James Reilly but plain packs 'will be in shops by May 2017'
Minister James Reilly said he “must drive forward” the legislation.
# slow down
Speeding tourists won't be able to escape penalties under new law
The European Parliament has passed legislation to allow police forces in different Member States to share data.
# medical practice
Doctors would have to admit mistakes under new law
This comes after comments made by Minister Leo Varadkar to the Oireachtas Health Committee.
# tfmr
"Please don't force a woman to grow a baby that is going to die"
The government will vote against a bill from TD Clare Daly on termination for medical reasons.
# Knife Crime
Fitzgerald: 'We've no plans for a knife amnesty, gardaí are doing enough'
The move had been called for to address the rise in serious incidents of knife crime.
# anti-protest
Spain wants to fine people who protest and 'breach the peace' outside parliament
€600 fine for insulting a police officer, €30,000 for burning the national flag. These are the proposed new fines that could be introduced under new laws.
# Privacy
Calls for pre-trial hearings on disclosure of sensitive material in sex offence cases
The Law Reform Commission says difficulties have emerged in specific cases.
# loopholes
200,000 penalty points will now NOT be cancelled
It was thought that errors in updating the Road Traffic Act could have meant large numbers of points being written off.
# concerns
Former minister who set up Irish Water says 'forces' at work to privatise company
Fergus O’Dowd is calling for a referendum to be held next year.
# Netanyahu
Israel approves law to become national homeland of the Jewish people
The new legislation also allows the state to strip Arabs of their residency and welfare rights if they or their relatives take part in unrest.
# Law Reform Commission
New legislation needed to stop online "trolls"
The report published today looks at the need for regulation specific to online harassment.
'My son died believing I had rejected him': Philomena Lee calls on Senators to support Adoption Bill
The Seanad is set to debate a Bill on the rights of adopted people this week.
# Legislation
'The Government aren't willing to address the rise in disability hate crime'
That’s according to disability campaigner Frank Larkin.
# Legislation
There are plans for tougher hate crime laws following Waterford anti-Roma protest
Heads of Bill for hate crime to be presented to Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin by next May.
# blu bar
Community service for bar director after employee crushed in lift shaft
A director and a shareholder of the company were sentenced in court today over the incident
Opinion: How can we make the budgeting process fairer and more democratic?
Drafting a budget, or any form of legislation, will always be a difficult and divisive task but there are ways of listening to all sections of society in the process.
Ever been clamped? The process is set to be overhauled
A new Bill seeks to regulate release fees and introduce a complaints process.
# Your Say
Poll: Is the State right to crack down on smoking?
With new laws to restrict smoking, we’re asking: Nanny state gone too far? Or public health necessity?
# Legislation
MS sufferer and right-to-die campaigner: 'If I was an animal...I'd be put to sleep'
Kate Tobin was diagnosed with the condition two years ago and says “Nobody can know the pain I’m going through”.