Thursday 21 February 2019

Laws declaring that the English crown shall be 'king of Ireland' and ban on plague ships to be repealed

Minister Brendan Howlin.
Minister Brendan Howlin.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

More than 5,700 pre-independence Government regulations and orders are set to be revoked by the Irish Government in a new Bill.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin announced details of the new Bill this evening, stating that it is "the largest repealing measure ever announced in the history of the State or any other country".

A total of 5,782 regulations and orders are set to be revoked under the new Bill.

"Statute law revision is the process by which spent or obsolete legislation is removed from the statute book. The removal leads to a more accessible statute book and will pave the way for further simplification and modernisation measures," Mr Howlin said.

And among the new laws set to be revoked is a proclamation of 1542 declaring that the English crown shall be "King of Ireland".

Other obsolete orders listed for removal include:

* A proclamation of 1346 declaring English money to be current in Ireland

* A Proclamation of 1561 declaring Shane O’Neill to be a traitor

* An Order 1590 prohibiting the sale of horses out of the Pale upon pain of death

* Declaration of 1654 ordering the removal of Irish papist proprietors with their wives, children and families from Leinster, Munster and Ulster to Connaught

* A Proclamation of 1665 ordering the quarantine of ships' passengers on account of plague

*An Order of 1 January 1801 summoning the Parliament of the United Kingdom to meet for the first time

Following publication of this Bill, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will continue with the programme of statute law revision.

The next phase of this will involve the analysis of primary legislation enacted from 1922 onwards as the continuation of assessment of secondary legislation after 1820.

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