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Law on public indecent exposure

THE alleged incident could potentially be dealt with under a number of different legal statutes.

The Public Order Act (1994) provides for offensive conduct in public to be dealt with on a summary basis, with fines reaching up to a maximum of €500.

However, indecent exposure can also be dealt with under Section 18 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act (1990), which replaced the old public indecency offence.

Under Section 18, "any person who commits, in public, any act in such a way as to offend modesty or cause scandal or injure the morals of the community shall be guilty . . . the person may receive a fine of up to €634.87 or, if the court decides, they may be sent to prison for up to six months".

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