Law preventing begging struck down
Thursday, 15 March 2007 12:15
The law preventing begging has been struck down by the High Court.
A young Dublin man charged with begging on Parliament Street in the city more than three years ago challenged Section 3 of the nineteenth century Vagrant Act.
Niall Dillon claimed the act breached his constitutional right to freedom of expression and his right to communicate.
Mr Justice Eamon De Valera rejected his argument that it discriminated between rich and poor.
But the judge found that the act provided for a prison sentence of up to three months and this was disproportionate to the offence.
He also found that the act did interfere with the constitutional right of freedom of expression and freedom to communicate with other people.
The legislation has been struck down and Mr Dillon's prosecution will not now go ahead.
Free for all on the boardwalk it seems