Irish Citizens Can Finally Criticize Henry VIII's Marriage to Anne Boleyn

Hayley Harding
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Almost 500 years after the fact, citizens of Ireland are finally allowed to freely criticize the marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

In 1533, citizens were probably plenty angry about the union. After all, Henry changed the entire religion of England in order to annul his 18-year marriage to Catherine of Aragon (and after Pope Clement VII excommunicated him). Henry wasn't particularly interested in hearing anyone's negative feelings about his new special someone—so he made sure no one expressed them.

With a new piece of legislation called the Statute Law Revision Bill, Ireland recently repealed 5,782 laws that are no longer necessary (or relevant). The statute served to overturn 800 years worth of laws that, according to Simon Harris, the Irish Minister of State for Public Expenditure and Reform, serve "no purposes whatsoever other than to cloud and confuse those trying to read the statute book."

In addition to finally being able to trash talk Anne Boleyn, the Irish no longer have to spend the first Wednesday of the month fasting (1665) and are now allowed to openly eat both oatmeal and potatoes, even if said eaters aren't of "lower orders" (1817).

[h/t: Irish Times]