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# New Laws

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Pubs
Changes to pub licencing rules could lead to further influx of chain pubs, TDs hear
The Oireachtas Justice Committee heard that the change would add more pubs to urban areas.
Last year
2022
# New Laws
Stalkers face 10 years in prison as tough new domestic violence laws to be rolled out
The maximum sentence for assault causing harm is also being doubled to 10 years.
# Tipping Point
New law will ban hospitality 'service charges' unless cash is going straight to staff
The new law is to give consumers greater clarity as to where their cash is going.
# New Laws
'Kids in schools will be safer': US senate advances new gun control bill
The Safer Communities Act is due to be rubber stamped today.
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# outdoor drinking
Government approves legislation to allow drinking outside pubs and restaurants
Gardaí warned earlier this month that certain outdoor drinking is technically illegal.
# regulation
Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country
The minister said he would like this requirement backed up by the law.
# Coronavirus
Cabinet approves emergency Covid-19 legislation ahead of Thursday's Dáil sitting
Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins met this afternoon to discuss the State’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.
# New Laws
Regulations to allow same sex parents register both their names on their child's birth cert to be signed today
Law will allow same sex parents register both their names on their child’s birth cert from May 5th 2020.
# divorceref
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to seek Cabinet approval for new divorce bill
The minister is also expected to ask Cabinet to approve the publication of the Blasphemy BIll 2019.
# New Laws
UK to officially ban use of porn websites among under-18s from July
The new laws will come into effect from 15 July.
# New Laws
Landlords who evict tenants because they want to sell or renovate a property could face tough sanctions
The Government proposals aim to increase the rights of tenants in the rental market.
# 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.
# New Laws
Poll: Do you support the new drink-driving laws?
There has been opposition to the new laws by some TDs.
# New Laws
99 people had gender recognition certs granted last year
The certificates allow a person to be legally recognised by the State under the gender they identify.
Voices
Justice Minister: 'I have seen many women shake with fear of not being believed by a Garda or a court'
Charlie Flanagan writes about why he believes the Domestic Violence Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before the Oireachtas.
# New Laws
High Court Master writes new legislation to help keep people in their homes
The bill would give greater powers to the government’s Abhaile scheme and provide stronger protections for people who are in debt.
# noel clancy
'This will save lives': Grieving father and husband who campaigned to change learner driver laws
Noel Clancy has campaigned for car owners who let unaccompanied learners drive their cars be prosecuted.
# mind the gap
Iceland to make equal pay the law for men and women
The law will come into effect in January.
# rural vs urban
'If you're over the alcohol limit, you're over the limit': Ross wants more support for drink-driving law
Shane Ross says he hopes publicans and those living in rural areas will make the “necessary arrangements” to ensure they get home safely.
# New Laws
Raping someone when they are asleep will now be explicitly illegal
Cabinet has approved a proposal by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to provide a definition of sexual consent.
# Clampdown
Revenge porn perpetrators to be jailed under new laws
Women’s Aid said in some cases ex-partners have advertised their partners on escort sites without their consent or knowledge.
# 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.
# 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.
# love wins
14 of the best reactions to the US marriage equality decision
Same-sex marriage is now legal across the whole of the US.
# Irish Abroad
Undocumented and living in the US? Here's what the new immigration reforms mean for you
In the US it is estimated that there is over 50,000 undocumented Irish citizens.
# New Laws
The RFU want to introduce bans for players and coaches if they don't do concussion courses
Players and coaches can receive bans if they don’t complete concussion tests.
# protection
There's currently no obligation for doctors to have insurance but there soon will be
Does your doctor have medical indemnity insurance?
# New Laws
Gardaí will soon be able to test ‘unconscious drivers’ for drugs and drink
That’s under new road safety laws which were enacted today in the Seanad.
# New Rules
Prediction that Government forecast for bankruptcies could be exceeded by 100 per cent
A restructuring expert claims there could be 6,000 bankruptcy cases this year, as people are finding the process simpler and more appealing than insolvency.
# scrums
Feek calls for calm over new scrum rules
Leinster’s coach says that the updated laws will take time to be perfected.