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NI lower consent age

30th April 2008

The age of sexual consent in Northern Ireland has been lowered to bring it into line with the rest of the UK.

The move, despite strong opposition from members of Northern Ireland’s assembly, sees the age of consent cut from 17 to 16 and it will apply to both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. The reduction from 17 was contained in new sexual offences laws introduced to the House of Commons by Criminal Justice Minister Paul Goggins. It is expected to be in place by June.


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