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Ireland: New Minimum Sentences for Certain Drug Offenses

(Feb. 2, 2008) The Government of Ireland has passed legislation creating stiff new penalties for drug trafficking. Under the new law, persons convicted of dealing in drugs having a value in excess of €13,000 (approximately US$19,240) must be sentenced to at least ten years' imprisonment, except in certain special cases, and they may be sentenced […]

Ireland: Civil Unions Legislation

(Jan. 2, 2008) Article 41.3 of the Irish Constitution provides, "[t]he State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, upon which the Family is founded, and protect it against attack." (Ir. Const. 1937, art. 41.3, available at asp?docID=243 (official source).) In 2003, the High Court of Ireland held that this […]