Anomalies abound in Ireland's age of consent
Lowering the age of consent is under debate at present, but would a change really affect behaviour? Overseas experience suggests not, writes Susan Mitchell.
Together with Malta, Ireland has the highest age of consent in Europe: 17. For a handful of European nations, the age of consent is 16. In France, Greece, Iceland, Denmark, Croatia, and the Czech Republic, it is 15. In Hungary, Germany, and Italy, the age of consent is 14.
In the United States it varies between 16 and 18, by state. It also varies from 17 to 18 across territories in Australia. In neighbouring New Zealand it is 16.
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