Tuesday 24 January 2017

Landmark High Court judgment on suspended sentences shows urgent need for government

Niamh Hourigan

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

Events in the High Court yesterday proved just how important it is that the Houses of the Oireachtas are in a position to enact legislation and respond to the daily challenges of governance
Events in the High Court yesterday proved just how important it is that the Houses of the Oireachtas are in a position to enact legislation and respond to the daily challenges of governance

Given the snail's pace of current negotiations about the formation of a government, one would be forgiven for thinking that there was little urgency about generating legislation in the 32nd Dáil.

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However, events in the High Court yesterday proved just how important it is that the Houses of the Oireachtas are in a position to enact legislation and respond to the daily challenges of governance.

In a landmark judgment, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty declared Section 99 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, which governs the re-activation of suspended sentences, unconstitutional.

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