Minister Howlin launches public consultation for Statute Law Revision Bill (1922 to 1950 Acts)

Issued 23 September 2015

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D., today (23 September 2015) launched the public consultation phase of a Statute Law Revision Bill to repeal spent and obsolete public general Acts enacted between 1922 and 1950.

Speaking about the statute law revision process, Minister Howlin stated:

 “I welcome the progress achieved to date by the Statute Law Revision Programme. In order to build for the future and the legislative measures that will be required, it is important that we review our stock of legislation on the Statute Book and remove that which has become unnecessary”.

Building on the enactment of the Statute Law Revision Acts 2007 to 2015, the Statute Law Revision Programme has conducted the first ever comprehensive review of primary legislation enacted by the Oireachtas and identified almost 300 Acts for repeal. This marks an important step in the creation of a modern and accessible Statute Book.

Further information and a preliminary list of Acts identified as suitable for repeal, are available at  This list will be updated should additional Acts be deemed suitable for repeal prior to publication of the Bill.

The Minister said:

It is fitting that as we approach the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising and the birth of the Irish Free State in 1922, we reflect on the significant legislative and administrative measures that supported the establishment of Ireland as a sovereign nation. Many of these Acts which form a strand of our national narrative history are now suitable for repeal- their purpose having been achieved and they will be included in this Bill”.

Note to editors

  • This Bill is part of a programme of statute law revision approved by Government in July 2013. Other measures included the Statute Law Revision Act 2015, the review of primary legislation post 1950, secondary legislation post 1820 and the review of charters.
  • This Bill is the fifth Statute Law Revision Bill produced by the Statute Law Revision Programme which has so far seen the review of 72,000 laws and the repeal of over 60,000. This Bill deals with public general Acts from 1922 to 1950 and of the 1,124 Acts enacted during that period, approximately 300 have been assessed as suitable for repeal. 
  • Acts listed for repeal by this Bill include Acts amending the 1922 Constitution; Acts providing transitionary provisions in relation to the establishment of the Courts system and Acts providing military pensions to those in service from 1916 to 1924.



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