'The Emergency' WWII bill to be removed in revision of lawsTuesday 19 January 2016 22.51
Wide-ranging powers enacted during World War II are among almost 300 laws from the first decades of the State to be revoked by the Government.
The Statute Law Revision Bill 2016 will remove 294 laws passed by the Oireachtas between 1922 and 1950 that are now considered spent or obsolete.
Among the redundant legislation to be revoked is The Emergency Powers Act 1939, which granted extensive powers at the outbreak of World War II, including the power to suspend the operation of any law.
Crisis laws introduced in 1923 during the Civil War allowing the imposition of a death penalty or penal servitude for anyone found guilty of an armed revolt against the government are also to be removed.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said “the legislation of this period shows a nation in its infancy developing its own legislative framework.
“It is appropriate that we are removing some of the earliest legislation of the Oireachtas that has long since served its purpose, and in doing so we pave the way for future legislative growth,” Mr Howlin said.
Other obsolete orders listed for removal include the Griffith Settlement Act 1923, which granted pensions to members of Arthur Griffith's immediate family following his death the previous year.
A law repealing the requirement of Oireachtas members to declare their faithfulness to British monarch George V and his successors is to be revoked.
A 1937 ban on Irish citizens participating in the Spanish Civil War is also to be erased from the statute book.
This Bill follows legislation introduced over the past decade repealing pre-independence government regulations and orders.