Serious flaws emerging in new rape law

Serious flaws are emerging in the emergency legislation passed by the Oireachtas last Friday and signed into law by President Mary McAleese late on Friday night, as the political and legal fallout from last week’s crisis continues.

3rd June, 2006

Serious flaws are emerging in the emergency legislation passed by the Oireachtas last Friday and signed into law by President Mary McAleese late on Friday night, as the political and legal fallout from last week’s crisis continues.

Labour’s justice spokesman, Brendan Howlin, said the new law had actually legalised consenting sexual contact, falling short of penetrative sex, between an older man and a 15-year-old boy.

The new act has abolished the...

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