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Library Guide for Law & Government


Acts of the Oireachtas
All primary legislation start life as Bills which are proposals for legislation. Legislation is a law or a set of laws that have been passed by Parliament (Oireachtas). The word is also used to describe the act of making a new law.

Guide to the legislative process in Ireland

Irish case law

Case Law is the body of Law set out in judicial decisions. As Ireland is a common law jurisdiction, where the doctrine of precedent applies, case law is extremely important. Judgments of each case can bind all subsequent cases (depending on the seniority of the court). Case law thus either sets legal precedents - where there is no legislation - or places a working interpretation on existing legislation. Case Law is a primary source of legal research. 

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