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Ireland Sticking with PEGI Ratings, Despite Byron Report

ENN reports:

"Proposed new video game censorship laws in the UK are unlikely to be replicated in Ireland.

The Irish Film Censor's Office (IFCO) told ENN that it plans to stick with its current format of following the voluntary ratings issued by the Pan European Games Information (PEGI).

A UK government-backed review by psychologist Dr Tanya Byron, best known for her work on the television shows Little Angels and House of Tiny Tearaways, has called for the gaming industry to reform its age rating system to mirror those used for film classifications. Byron wants the system changed so that parents get a better understanding of the ratings system.

Ger Connolly, deputy censor with IFCO told ENN that he believes the current system is fulfilling that need. At the moment video games are exempt from classification in Ireland and only those deemed suitable for an over 18s rating are examined by IFCO. Despite Byron's calls for a new system to be used in the UK, IFCO does not feel there is a need to make any changes in Ireland."

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