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Defamation Act 2009 (Commencement) Order 2009 (SI No 517 of 2009)

Department of Justice logo, via the Department's website.The long wait is nearly over. The Defamation Act 2009 will come into force on 1 January 2010. From the Department of Justice [pdf]:

(Commencement) Order 2009 (SI No 517 of 2009)

I, Dermot Ahern, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 1(2) of the Defamation Act 2009 (No 31 of 2009), hereby order as follows:

1. This Order may be cited as the Defamation Act 2009 (Commencement) Order 2009.

2. The 1st day of January 2010 is appointed as the day on which the Defamation Act 2009 (No 31 of 2009) comes into operation.

Given under my Official Seal,
15 December 2009.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

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9 Responses to “Defamation Act 2009 (Commencement) Order 2009 (SI No 517 of 2009)”

  1. So does that mean it’s illegal to cuss De Lawd’s name come New Year’s Day?

  2. Eoin says:

    Indeed, at least in the sense that the welcome Act brings the unwelcome blasphemy offence. So, happy new year then.

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  5. […] there is a slim chance that the controversy over the blasphemy provisions in Part 5 of the newly-commenced Defamation Act, 2009 might provide an opportunity to replace the current text of Article 40.6.1(i) […]

  6. […] libel laws have recently been overhauled by the Defamation Act, 2009, which came into force on 1 January this year. Section 31(4) provides that the court in a defamation action shall have regard to a range of […]

  7. […] 5 of the Defamation Act, 2009 (also here), which came into effect on 1 January this year, controversially makes blasphemy a criminal offence. In the view of the Minister for […]

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