Government opposes call to abolish censorship board

Friday 24 January 2014 21.47
Niall Collins mentioned a complaint about Alan Shatter's novel Laura during the debate
Niall Collins mentioned a complaint about Alan Shatter's novel Laura during the debate

The Government has opposed the Censorship of Publications Board Repeal Bill 2013, which was put forward by Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Niall Collins in the Dáil this morning.

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said it was a complex and technical area and that the Government would examine the matter.

Mr Collins said the response from the Government benches was "regrettable" and said he did not believe the minister outlined reasons why the bill was being opposed.

The Censorship of Publications Board was originally established in 1946 to ban the sale or publication of controversial publications.

Its five-year term of office expired in November 2011 and the new board has not been appointed yet.

There were chortles on both sides of the chamber when Mr Collins said the Censorship Board has had no members since 2011.

He said it has only been relevant once in the past five years - when it received a complaint about Minister for Justice Alan Shatter's novel Laura.

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