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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Legislation

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# EU derogation
More than €12 million spent training Irish language graduates to translate EU legislation
To prepare for the end to derogation of the Irish language, more Irish speakers will be needed to translate EU documents.
# iqea
Equality activists create LGBT-friendly IKEA catalogue after Russian controversy
An LGBT article was recently removed from the Russian version of the IKEA magazine.
# Legislation
How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries?
We look at how Ireland compares to the two other countries that charge upfront for FOI requests.
# Refund
Revenue to repay thousands of homeowners in property tax blunder
Sloppy wording of the legislation has resulted in thousands of homeowners getting off the hook from the property tax.
# Water
Dáil to debate Sinn Féin's fluoridation bill tomorrow
TD Brian Stanley published the Health Fluoridation of Water Supplies Bill 2013 in May.
# Oireachtas agenda
Social Welfare Bill moves to final stages before TDs go on their mid-term break
The Dáil will sit an extra day to focus on the bill, which was heard for the first time in the chamber yesterday.
# Legislation
New bill will mean just one environmental impact assessment needed for offshore projects
Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the aim of the new bill will be to streamline the process for infrastructure development.
# New York
Judge orders end to smoking ban in New York state parks
The ban had been put in place last February, but a judge has ordered it to come to an end.
# no nudes
It's now illegal to post nude pics online of your ex... in California
No more “revenge” porn for embittered exes.
# Obamacare
US facing government shutdown over Obamacare
House Republicans attached an amendment to the government spending bill that would delay the healthcare legislation by a year.
# Human Trafficking
45 people, including 23 children, were trafficked into Ireland last year
In 39 cases, those trafficked were subject to sexual exploitation.
# Abortion
Survey finds 63 per cent of farmers agree with abortion legislation
More female farmers surveyed were opposed to the legislation than the men surveyed.
# Poll
Poll: Do you think the law should be changed to allow for assisted suicide?
A man in Canada recorded a video eight days before he died asking for the laws on assisted suicide to be changed – what’s your view?
# off the books
'Violent outrages' and 'general humiliations' targeted as thousands of obsolete laws cut
Outdated proclamations, including one from King George III calling for a ‘general fast and humiliation’ are set for the chop as part of an overhaul of the statute book
# DNA Database
Serious criminals will have DNA logged on international database
The Minister for Justice published the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 today that will force criminals to give DNA samples.
# Seanad referendum
TD uses Dáil questions to see how effective Seanad is, Ministers tell her to find out herself
The deputy director of Fine Gael’s Seanad abolition campaign, Regina Doherty, used the parliamentary questions to find out information about the Seanad, but ministers in her own party told her to find out herself.
# Legislation
Freedom of Information bill criticised - because Irish Water isn't included
Seán Fleming TD said that the legislation has ‘severe limits’ and that Irish Water should be included under it.
# Immigration
US congressmen visit Leinster House to discuss undocumented Irish
Fine Gael TD Pat Breen, who met with them, will travel to Washington next month to lobby politicians on the US immigration reform legislation.
# Abortion
Concern over whether hospital will comply with abortion legislation
Professor John Crown has said that “serious questions have to be asked” of governing boards at Irish hospitals.
# reptile
Appeal for reptile legislation HERE after tragic Canada deaths
Currently, there are no laws preventing people from keeping reptiles as pets – even dangerous rattlesnakes or crocodiles.
# Not quite watergate
Ronald Reagan could have 3.4 million square miles of ocean named after him
A United States government committee discussed a bill this week which would rename the Exclusive Economic Zone after the former President.
# abortion act
Some welcome President passing abortion bill, others not so much
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described it as a “key milestone”, while the Pro Life Campaign said it was a “very sad day”.
# Abortion
President signs Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law
The move came after the President convened a meeting of the Council of State to discuss the bill yesterday.
# Court
Company fined for breaching health and safety laws after tragic incident
The case arose after an accident in which a bus carrying students flipped onto its roof, resulting in the death of a teenager.
# history lesson
So what happened when the Council of State was convened in the past?
Today will be the 27th time the Council of State has been convened to discuss legislation – but it’s not the first time abortion laws have been discussed.
Lisa McInerney: Pornification of teen sexuality - but we can't just blame porn
The UK plans to make online pornography an ‘opt-in’ choice to try and shield children from it – but will that really protect kids from early sexualisation?
# Prime Numbers
Michael Lowry, mortgages and mayors: The week in numbers
Plus: how many times has the Council of State met since 1940?
# Freedom of Information
Brendan Howlin "had to fight a battle" for new Freedom of Information law
NAMA, the Central Bank and An Garda Siochána will all be subject to Freedom of Information laws for the first time – but it took some doing.
# Legislation
New bill will crack down on 'sham' marriages
The bill will allow registrars not to issue marriage registration forms if they believe that a proposed marriage is one of convenience.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our roundup of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Legislation
Mixed reaction from transgender group to gender recognition bill
The bill will provide for State recognition of the acquired gender of transgender people over 18 who are not married or in a civil partnership.
# Minimum Wage
Nurses and midwives: The HSE is breaking minimum wage law
The INMO said that interns are being asked to increase their hours while only being paid 50 per cent of the staff rate of pay.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Abortion
LIVE: Dáil debates abortion bill before final vote
TDs have returned to Leinster House after a long night to continue debating amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# Abortion
Bid to have rape and incest cases included in bill is defeated
Amendments rejected as TDs call for “very difficult and tragic” cases of rape and incest be catered for.