The Oireachtas recently passed the fictitious Environmental Protection Act 2020. The Act’s stated purpose is to “reduce carbon emissions in Ireland.” The Act establishes a three-person panel, the Environmental Protection Panel. The Act further states that the Environmental Protection Panel may introduce laws to “achieve the purpose of this Act.” The Environmental Protection Panel has decided to introduce a total ban on all diesel and petrol engine cars on a phased basis over the next eighteen months. Janice, a second-hand car saleswoman, is devastated by this. Her business will undoubtedly collapse. Advise her under Irish constitutional law.
2. “Judges’ treatment and interpretation of Article 40.1 has failed to properly protect true values of equality worthy of a modern Ireland.” Do you agree? Discuss this statement with reference to case law.
3. Critically analyze case law on Article 40.6.1 on the freedom of expression.
4. Gerard is a member of a well-established religious group that has thousands of followers. All members of the group are required by their teachings to wear a large ring on their thumb as a sign of their faith. Gerard is employed by the Department of Health. A new rule is introduced within the Department whereby all its employees are banned from wearing jewelry of any kind.