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# Legislation

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# Infertility
Not legislating for surrogacy is 'simply kicking the can down the road'
The Medical Director of Sims IVF says removing surrogacy from the Child and Family Relationships Bill is a lost opportunity.
# smokers
Australia's plain cigarette packaging has not given a boost to the illicit tobacco trade
Research also found that plain tobacco packs don’t hurt small retailers or flood the market with very cheap cigarettes,
# Fines Sans Frontières
Got fined in Ireland? Now it can be collected across the EU
New legislation means you can get hit for fines you receive in Ireland across the EU.
# gsoc
GSOC is getting new powers to investigate the Garda Commissioner
The new Bill extends the powers and remit of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Everyone’s talking about Rory McIlroy, Gaza, and the fate of MH17 victims.
# Marie Fleming
Medicinal marijuana drug means end to buying drugs on the street
Tom Curran, partner of Marie Fleming, has welcomed the news that Savitex will be available to patients in Ireland.
# Vacancy
The government doesn't have a majority in the Seanad, but will pass a law to fix that today
Fine Gael hopes to fill the vacant Seanad seat when TDs and Senators return from their holidays in September.
# eat up
Was your local take-away closed over food safety concerns last month?
Nine closure orders were served last month – three involved take-aways.
# Cheers
Wish pubs would open on Good Friday? It could become a reality
A Fine Gael Senator, who is also a publican, thinks the current law is “a legacy of our past”.
# refuges
Legislation being updated to help end 'epidemic levels' of domestic violence
Speaking in the Dáil last week, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that certain laws need to be updated before Ireland can ratify the EU Convention on domestic violence.
# Magdalene Laundries
Government announces legislation to support Magdalene survivors
The Justice Minister also announced that lump sums totalling €12.8 million have been paid to survivors.
# transgender
Lack of hate crime legislation creates "permission to hate" in Irish society
The warning comes as Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) launches a new report documenting 32 incidents of violence or discrimination.
# Banned
Britain bans 'hidden practice' of forced marriage
The law applies not only within Britain but also makes it a criminal offence to force a British national into a marriage abroad.
# Free-to-air
What events are most important for Ireland? Pat Rabbitte wants to know
A number of ‘Designated Events’ are made available on free-to-air television
Aaron McKenna: Can we have a ban on banning things, please?
Banning ice cream and caramel Frappuccinos will not solve our obesity problem – we need to get to the root of the what’s causing it.
# in limbo
Immigrant council demands rights for stateless to work and access social services
In Ireland campaigners want the government to introduce clear, transparent and accessible determination procedures to allow the swift identification of stateless persons.
# Unions
New workers' rights legislation could lead to practices 'outlawed' in other countries
However, it has been welcomed by Ibec, who believe it will help Ireland to continue to attract foreign direct investment.
# hello again
A Fine Gael TD who voted against the party on abortion is back in the fold
Brian Walsh lost the party whip after he voted against the party on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – but now he’s back in the party.
# low carbon economy
Draft climate change legislation to be unveiled today
The draft legislation will set out how Ireland is to meets its emissions targets.
# Prison
Over 8,000 people were imprisoned for non-payment of fines last year
And legislation that will cut that number was passed yesterday.
# Anne Ferris
Dáil to hear another attempt to end compulsory retirement age
A Bill put forward by Labour TD Anne Ferris would see the current compulsory retirement age of 65 scrapped.
# Legislation
Scaremongering or safe? The two sides to banning e-cigarettes in restaurants
The e-cigs have already been banned from DART and train services.
# tom curran
Partner of Marie Fleming drafting new right-to-die legislation
Tom Curran has asked a group of barristers to draft legislation on the issue, and says the initial work could be completed by the start of next month.
# what is offence?
'Anti-Pantigate' bill tabled in the Dáil to stop "the litigious and thin-skinned"
Stephen Donnelly says that he feels broadcasters are already being more cautious as a result of the controversy.
# Legislation
Gun control review sparks calls for compensation schemes
A gun club association is also highlighting misinterpretation of handgun licensing legislation.
# Justice
New Court of Appeal "will be up and running by October"
The Justice Minister this evening received approval for drafting legislation allowing for the court’s establishment, and named the President Designate.
# Legislation
Google lobbies against proposed restrictions on Glass while driving
The company is lobbying legislators in at least three US states in a bid to stop proposed restrictions on Glass while driving.
# Oireachtas
These stories of domestic abuse are prompting calls for a change in law
Women’s Aid and several other organisations will come before an Oireachtas committee to discuss potential changes.
# Nabbed
Pic: Just one of the people caught by gardaí during mobile phone crackdown
The gardaí handed out more than 100 fixed penalty notices at checkpoints today.
# Guardianship
Government begin bid to allow same-sex couples to adopt
The consultation process on the Child and Family Relationships Bill will now begin in the Oireachtas.
# mouse blood
New stem cell discovery made - but Ireland "far behind" with legislation
Japanese researchers find a new way of generating stem cells, but experts in Ireland are calling for developments here.
# families
Shatter: 'Legal clarity for surrogate and LGBT parents by year end'
The Minister for Justice aims to legislate for children born through surrogacy and donor material from a third party to be recognised as the child of the both members of the couple.
# Legislation
EU Justice Chief calls for tougher sanctions for companies that break data protection laws
The new legislation would see companies being fined 2 per cent of their global annual turnover for breaching data protection legislation.
# Charities
Charity regulator to be appointed in the second half of this year, says Reilly
Minister James Reilly said while he thought taking the CRC under state control was ‘premature’ he was not ruling it out.
# Homosexuality
Uganda passes tough new bill against homosexuality
The anti-gay bill allows for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts.
# Your Say
Poll: Should planned legislation on sunbeds be stricter?
Legislation to ban the use of sunbeds by under 18s and regulate the industry has been approved but the Irish Cancer Society says this is not enough. Do you agree?
# Oireachtas agenda
Dublin Docklands, Irish Water, and everything else happening in Leinster House today
What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…
# Oireachtas agenda
School admissions, Eirgrid and everything else happening in Leinster House
What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…
# Water Charges
Irish Water will not cut off supply to homes over unpaid charges
Where a customer fails to pay water charges, Irish Water will have to go to court to enforce payment.
# Courts
Teen girls' rapist and killer freed under rights ruling
European Court of Human Rights ordered immediate release of Miguel Ricart under an October ruling that has several violent convicts demanding their freedom.