The Impact of Eu on the Irish Legal System

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Section 1 Introduction 1 Section 2 EU LAW – Primary Legislation 2 2.1 Treaty of Rome 2 2.2 The Single European Act 2 2.3 The Maastricht Treaty 3 2.4 The Amsterdam Treaty 3 2.5 The Nice Treaty 3 2.6 The Lisbon Treaty 3 Section 3 EU LAW – Secondary Legislation 3.1 Regulations 4 3.2 Directives 4 3.3 Decisions 5 3.4 Recommendations, Opinions and Resolutions 5 Section 4 Crotty v. An Taoiseach - A Landmark Case. 7 Conclusion 9 Bibliography 10

Section 1

The purpose of this report is to highlight how European Law has affected the Irish Legal System and the extent to which these laws are binding in Ireland.
Ireland began negotiations to join the European
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A second referendum was held and the Treaty accepted.

2.6 The Lisbon Treaty: This is again an amendment to previous treaties and again refused by Irish voters at first time. This Treaty made a number of changes, as for example in the way decisions are made at EU level and institutional changes including giving power to European council to make some changes to the Treaties.

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Secondary Legislation derives from the Treaties and comprises of the following Legal Instruments:
3.1 Regulations: They are the most powerful secondary form of European legislation; as soon as they are passed they are fully legally binding in all member states without the need to form new laws. They are mainly used for uniformity of law throughout the European Union. They are on par with national law. Each member state is obliged to introduce the necessary measures to ensure they are fully implemented. (Keenan, 2012:298)
An example of an EU Regulation is the EU Liquids Legislation which imposes restrictions on liquids carried into departure lounges at airports across the EU. 3.2 Directives: They are instructions and

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