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Revealed: New measures banning smacking of children start tomorrow

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 10/12/2015 | 14:47

Smacking children at home. File picture (Picture posed)
Smacking children at home. File picture (Picture posed)

NEW measures prohibiting the smacking of children are to come into force from tomorrow, can reveal.

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Children's Minister James Reilly has this afternoon signed a commencement order for the removal of the defence of "reasonable chastisement."

The move means that from tomorrow a person who administers corporal punishment to a child will no longer be able to rely on such a defence in the courts.

Such a move has been called for by human rights groups for many months.

“The removal of the Common Law defence sends a strong message which will, I hope, lead to a cultural change across Irish society that corporal punishment is wrong," Dr Reilly said.

"We have not created any new offence but rather we are removing something that has its roots in a completely different era and societal context, he added.

Children Minister James Reilly
Children Minister James Reilly

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