New anti terror laws to be introduced in Ireland

The new laws will make it illegal for people to travel to another country to engage in terrorism or join a terror group.

Part of a response to the growing terrorist threat in Europe, the new laws will be implemented as part of an EU Directive which requires member states to create tougher anti terrorism laws.

The Directive will strengthen the EU’s legal framework by criminalising acts such as receiving training for terrorism and travel for terrorist purposes, as well as organising or facilitating such travel. It also reinforces the rights for the victims of terrorism.

Ireland has yet to implement the laws, and ourselves and the UK are not bound by the Directive but according to the Department of Justice, they fully intend to bring in these changes.

As per the Directive, member states have 18 months to make the changes which criminalises:

  • Travelling for terrorist purposes
  • The organisation and facilitation of such travels
  • Receiving training for terrorist purposes
  • Providing or collecting funds to be used to commit terrorist offences

Ireland previously amended our anti-terror laws in 2015 with the Terrorist Offences Act 2015, an amendment of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 which created three new offences, including public provocation to commit a terrorist offence, recruitment for terrorism and training for terrorism.

Last week it was reported that Ireland will also have to implement extensive EU plans to combat online videos that promote hate speech and terrorism despite Ireland opposing the hardened proposals.

The draft directive, adopted by the European Commission, still has to be agreed by the European Parliament before it becomes law.

Under the directive, online video services, such as Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter will be legally obliged to take action against videos inciting violence and hate speech as well as content harmful to children.

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