On 22 May 2020, the Government approved the drafting and publication of the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Repeal of certain provisions of the Firearms and Misuse of Drugs Acts) Bill 2020. The General Scheme provides for the repeal of mandatory sentences for certain second or subsequent firearms and misuse of drugs offences following the Supreme Court judgment in Wayne Ellis v The Minister for Justice. 

General Scheme of Criminal Justice (Repeal of certain provisions of the Firearms and Misuse of Drugs Acts) Bill 2020