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Should the age of consent be lowered to 16?

Budget 2023 saw the expansion of the recent free contraception scheme to those aged 16-30. It means contraception will be permitted for those aged 16 despite the age of consent being 17. So is now the time for a conversation about lowering the age? Dr....

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07.00 29 Sep 2022


Should the age of consent be lowered to 16?


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Budget 2023 saw the expansion of the recent free contraception scheme to those aged 16-30.

It means contraception will be permitted for those aged 16 despite the age of consent being 17. So is now the time for a conversation about lowering the age?

Dr. Pádraig MacNeela Active Consent Programme Co-Lead at the School of the Psychology University of Galway spoke to Ciara this morning.


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