Censorship of Films (Amendment) Bill, 1970: Committee and Final Stages.

Wednesday, 15 April 1970

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 245 No. 8

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Section 1 agreed to.

Question proposed: “That section 2 stand part of the Bill”.

[1290]Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave  Zoom on Liam Cosgrave  Can the Minister say if the application must be initiated by the renter or the person who is anxious to have the case reconsidered? May the censor himself initiate it?

Minister for Justice (Mr. Moran): Information on Michael Moran  Zoom on Michael Moran  The renter will have the opportunity of applying in the circumstances set out in the section. In practice, this will mean that any film which was rejected or passed with cuts before January, 1965, will be eligible for resubmission to the official censor and may qualify for either a full or limited certificate which was not available before the date mentioned. Secondly, in any other case a film rejected or given a limited certificate will be eligible for resubmission to the official censor after an interval of seven years. In all cases, the onus is on the renter to re-apply. In effect, it is a new application.

Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave  Zoom on Liam Cosgrave  Will cuts that have already been made be retained? In other words, the film as cut would be shown?

Mr. Moran: Information on Michael Moran  Zoom on Michael Moran  The film as originally passed can be shown. The Deputy will appreciate that the cuts may already have been made in a film that may have been dealt with by the censor before the practice of issuing a limited certificate was introduced. Perhaps I should make it clear that, if a film has already been dealt with and allowed to be shown with cuts, further cuts cannot be made if the renter applies to have it reconsidered. In effect, the position is that the censor cannot reverse his earlier decision or that of his predecessor to the detriment of the renter.

Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave  Zoom on Liam Cosgrave  Is it the position that a film that would now qualify for a limited certificate can only be granted such a certificate in this case?

Mr. Moran: Information on Michael Moran  Zoom on Michael Moran  That would not necessarily be so. It would be considered and on re-application the censor could ignore completely the earlier decision. Of course, the renter would have the right to appeal to the Appeal Board on these issues.

Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave  Zoom on Liam Cosgrave  In fact, it is treated as a fresh application?

[1291]Mr. Moran: Information on Michael Moran  Zoom on Michael Moran  Yes, that is the position.

Question put and agreed to.

Section 3 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment, received for final consideration and passed.


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