Irish Council of Civil Liberties says renewal of emergency powers sets a "dangerous precedent"

The renewal of the Government's Covid-19 emergency powers sets a "dangerous precedent" for the future, according to the Irish Council of Civil Liberties. 

The laws, which allow fines to be issued for breaking travel restrictions or attending large indoor gatherings, were due to be suspended next month but will remain in place until November. 

Executive Director of the ICCL Liam Herrick says the move could bring problems during future emergencies.

"We support what the government is trying to achieve.

"I think that we're now setting a dangerous precedent for the future, that for periods of time the government can basically suspend the role of parliament.

"It's not so much just about what can happen on this occasion, it's about what might happen in the future."

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