Government to scrap 2,900 obsolete laws

The minister for public expenditure and reform Brendan Howlin has published the Statute Law Revision Bill 2012 to repeal 2,900 obsolete acts passed before independence.

9th May, 2012
2,900 Acts to be repealed.

The minister for public expenditure and reform Brendan Howlin has published the Statute Law Revision Bill 2012 to repeal 2,900 obsolete acts passed before independence.

"It puts Ireland in a leadership position internationally in terms of the management and updating of our statute book," Howlin said.

The acts were enacted between 1751 and 1922. Many were private divorce acts, designed to dissolve marriages when there was no judicial divorce jurisdiction. Others refer to conferring of citizenship on non-Irish nationals.

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