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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Film censor ditches 'nanny state' image

Fiach Kelly

THE IRISH Film Censor's office was yesterday renamed the Irish Film Classification Office in a symbolic gesture which signified a move away from "the nanny state moral guardian censorship of yesteryear".

The updated office title is one of a number of measures contained in new legislation which was signed into law by President McAleese last week.


However, the name change -- which also sees John Kelleher, the Film Censor, renamed the Director of Film Classification -- only came into effect yesterday.

Other changes passed into law last week include the phrase "likely to cause harm to children" being inserted into legislation for the first time, and the lowering of fees that will be charged for classifying DVDs and videos of special interest.

It is also now an offence, which can lead to a €2,000 fine to sell or rent a DVD or video to an underage person and fines for existing offences, like letting underage cinema-goers into unsuitable movies, have been increased.

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