New law will allow lethal force in defence of property

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.


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