New legislation has been published that will allow householders to use lethal force when defending themselves or their properties.
The Criminal Law Bill allows a tenant, homeowner or visitor to stand their ground if under attack in a home.
The Bill also states that reasonable force can result in the death of the intruder in certain circumstances.
Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said much of the Bill is a restatement of the law that has applied since 2006, but it does allow a person stand their ground when confronted by an intruder, meaning there is no longer a requirement to retreat.
The Bill - which is to be law by Chrtistmas - will also remove the right of an intruder to sue a homeowner if they are injured on their property.