Ancient laws to be repealed

Over 2,300 laws which were enacted in Ireland between the Norman invasion and the Act of Union in 1801 are to be repealed. They include a 12th century law which forbids Jewish people from owning armour, an 11th-century law that provides for Frenchmen to be charged discriminatory taxes and a 14th century one which cracks down on “people associating with the Irish, using their language, or sending children to be nursed among them”.
Britain has been going about the same process just in case someone feels it is within their rights to shoot a Welshman with a crossbow within the city of Chester after sunset.

  • Dan Collins

    That will be a great and very belated relief to Welshmen and Jews. Good on ya!

  • Baluba

    It’s funny that they’re repealing one law to do with discrimination against speaking the Irish language and then the Education Orde (Northern Ireland) 2006 seeks to continue the discrimination in a different vein.

    Theis is a petition against it. Please sign and forward on those who agree with it.

  • ID Lottery

    Ultonian Scottis American wrote…

    During WWI, here in the states anti-German propaganda led to pograms, and laws forbidding the speaking of, or even the teaching of, German language. Laws were even passed forbidding the sale of sauerkraut, unless it was labelled as “Liberty Cabbage”. (I’ll take mine with Liberty Fries, please.) These laws were on the books until the mid-1960s.

    An Englishman once told of a group of students in Cambridge (?) who held an archery tournament in the town square. Police arrived, but were taken aback when the smart-arsed students showed them a law requiring such practise take place. The bobbies retreated, but soon returned to arrest the students, as they had breeched the additional requirement that archery participants much be attired in green clothing.

    If I remember correctly, under Scottish law, if a particular law has not been enforced against anyone for a long period of time, a legal process of deseutude nullifies and removes a statute without legislative action.

  • Getting rid of obsolete laws is a good idea, but not in the way the NuLabour Government is planning to do so, via the controversial Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill 2006.

    This threatens to give Ministers the power to repeal, amend or replace any Act of Parliament, Statutory Intrument, Order, Regulation or indeed the Common Law, without full public debate and scrutiny by Parliament.

    There are no exemptions for “constitutional” laws, e.g. Mahna carta, Habeas Corpus, Bill of Rights, Act of Union, European Communities Act, Civil Contingencies Act or even anything to prevent the proposed law from being used to amend itself.

    There are no safeguards to prevent this Bill, should it become law, from being used, for example, to further broaden the definition of terrorism, simply by Order of a Minister.

    This proposed Bill has proven to be a “tipping point” which has even led to the start of a cross party campaign called Liberty Central calling for constitutional reform and safeguards.

  • ID Lottery

    Ultonian Scottis American wrote:


    Or cutting NI loose?

  • Gabriel

    I thought the [url=″]”Statute Law Revision Act[/url] in 1983 had done away with all pre-Free State Laws that weren’t subsequently re-enacted or recognised.