It looks like the Republic’s Minister for Justice is finally ready to bring forward his long awaited reforms of the libel and defamation laws (subs needed). If approved legislation is likely to be brought in under two separate bills, with one on defamation Bill expected in the next week. The report on privacy should be published soon, with legislation coming later in the year.
The proposals for the privacy law, drawn up by an expert group of lawyers and civil servants, is believed to advise that a broad privacy law be introduced to reflect recent case law in the European Court of Human rights enshrining the right to privacy, even in public places in certain circumstances, of public individuals, in accordance with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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