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The Brehon Laws Empty The Brehon Laws

on Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:01 pm
For much of the recorded history of Ireland, the Brehon Laws were the established legal system and were thus applied to all matters of dispute settlements ranging from minor offences to the more severe charges of murder and treason. The Norman Conquest of Ireland and the subsequent Anglicanisation of many coastal regions brought the English practice of Common Law to Ireland, thus rendering the Brehon Laws void within those areas under the administration of the English and Norman authorities.

The Brehon Laws survived intact throughout much of Ireland all the way up to the 17th century. The Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster initiated by King James I of England saw the gradual eradication of the ancient legal system throughout the entire island from that point onward. To this day, Ireland's legal system, as with the former colonies throughout North America and the Antipodes is based on the practices and principles of the English Common Law.

In the below presentation, Pat Flannery discusses in an interesting manner the history of the Brehon Laws within Ireland.

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