BAILII: Ireland

BAILII (the British and Irish Legal Information Institute) provides the most comprehensive set of British and Irish primary legal materials freely available online. Its Irish case law databases include the following decisions: Supreme Court of Ireland 1998 onwards; Irish Court of Criminal Appeal 2004 onwards; High Court of Ireland 1997 onwards; landmark decisions from earlier years; Irish Competition Authority 1991 onwards; Irish Information Commissioner 1998 onwards; and Irish Data Protection Commission case studies 2005 onwards. The legislation databases comprise Irish Legislation and Statutory Instruments 1922 onwards. Also included are Irish Law Reform Commission Papers and Reports 1976 onwards and Irish Treaty Series 1930 onwards.

Bar Council of Ireland

This is a combined site for the Bar Council of Ireland, which is the governing body of the Irish Bar, and the Law Library of Ireland, which functions (in the absence of a tradition of barristers’ chambers in Ireland) as the central working location of the practising Irish Bar. Its web site includes a fully searchable database of Irish barristers, the Bar Council’s constitution, the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Code for the Bar of Ireland, and other general information about the Irish Bar and legal system, as well as a selection of links.

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

The Competition Authority and the  National Consumer Agency were amalgamated on 31 October 2014 to form the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), which is the statutory body responsible for enforcing consumer protection and and competition law in Ireland. The Enforcement & Mergers section of the site includes closed investigations, civil and criminal court cases, legislation and related guidance. Other content includes publications and press notices.

Constitution of Ireland

The Constitution of Ireland (1937) is provided here on the web site of the Department of the Taoiseach. The most recently prepared version of the popular edition of the Constitution (October 2015) is available together with earlier versions going back to 2002. There is also a list of all the amendments effected between 1937 and 29 August 2015.

Courts Service of Ireland

The Courts Service was established in 1999 under the Courts Service Act 1998. Its web site provides information on the Irish courts system, including court forms, rules, practice directions, judgments, court offices, law terms, a legal diary, press releases, annual reports and legal links. The judgments database contains written judgments of the Supreme Court 2001 onwards, the Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court 2004 onwards, and the Court of Appeal 2014 onwards. Also contains judgments of the Courts Martial Appeal Court, the Central Criminal Court, the Circuit Court and of the District Court in childcare cases, as well as determinations of the Supreme Court 2015 onwards.

Data Protection Commissioner

The post of Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) was established under Ireland’s Data Protection Act 1988. The site has information on individuals’ rights and organisations’ responsibilities and has guidance on how these rights and principles apply in practice. It also includes legislation, judgments, codes of practice, case studies, annual reports and other publications. The Registration section includes the current list of registrations (“Public Register”) maintained by the Commissioner. The Law section (which can be viewed via Data Protection in the left side menu) includes the 1988 Act, the amending Act of 2003, Regulations and what is termed as an administrative consolidation of the law.

Department of Justice and Equality

The wide ranging responsibilities of Ireland’s Department of Justice and Equality include crime and law enforcement, the Garda Síochána (police force) and policing, prisons and probation, legislation and law reform, security, courts policy and legal services, children and family, and equality and integration. Information on the site includes links to relevant legislation and to a range of publications, including annual reports and press releases.

electronic Irish Statute Book

The electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB) comprises the Acts of the Oireachtas 1922 onwards, Statutory Instruments 1922 onwards, and a selection of pre-1922 legislation. Amendments to legislation are also included. The Frequently Asked Questions section of the site has helpful information on tracking amendments.

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins is a Dublin-based law firm. The site’s Publications section has commentary on changes in case law and legislation, arranged under subject headings such as banking, employment, immigration, insurance, intellectual property, and property and construction.

Freedom of Information

This site is maintained by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform’s Freedom of Information Central Policy Unit. It includes a link to the Freedom of Information Act 2014 plus information, manuals, guidance notices, a code of practice and other resources relevant to the Act. Also includes regulations and orders made under the 1997 and 2014 FOI Acts.

Government of Ireland

This site provides a portal for connection to a range of government departments and services, state agencies, local authorities and health bodies in Ireland. It includes a link to the public service information site Citizens Information.

Guide to Irish Law

This overview of Irish law was written by Dr Darius Whelan, a lecturer in law at University College, Cork. Archive versions published in 2001, June 2005 and October 2010 are also available. It covers the development of the legal system in the Republic of Ireland and the Irish Constitution of 1937 and describes online sources for primary and secondary legislation, courts and case law, government departments, the legal professions and university law departments. It also includes bibliographic details of significant books and journals.

Health and Safety Authority

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA), which was established in 1989, is the state sponsored body in Ireland with responsibility for securing safety, health and welfare at work. Its site includes a Legislation section, which lists Irish Health and Safety Acts and Regulations (with some links to full text). Amendments to legislation are listed. It also features (under Inspections, which can be found via the Topics tab) details of prosecutions from 2005-2014. Other information includes codes of practice, statistics, forms, annual reports and press releases. Free publications can be downloaded and there is an online ordering facility for priced publications.

Houses of the Oireachtas

The Oireachtas is the national parliament of the Republic of Ireland, consisting of the President of Ireland and the two houses, the Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) and the Seanad Éireann (Senate). Publications on the site include Dáil Debates 1919 onwards, Seanad Debates 1922 onwards, selected Committee Debates 1924 onwards, Bills (as published at each stage) and Explanatory Memoranda 1997 onwards, and Acts of the Oireachtas (in both Irish and English) 1922 onwards.

Iris Oifigiuil

Iris Oifigiúil is the Irish State gazette, the official medium for the publication of governmental, statutory and other notices. These include proclamations, announcements of Statutory Instruments made, and notices of appointment of receivers to companies. Publication is twice weekly, with occasional supplements throughout the year, and the online archive is 2002 onwards.

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC)  was set up following the merger of the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority on 1 November 2014. Its purpose is to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland. The Commission can carry out inquiries, provide legal assistance, initiate legal proceedings and appear as amicus curiae before the Irish High Court and Supreme Court in cases concerning human rights and equality. The Your Rights section of the site has links to guidance on equality and human rights law. Other site content (which can be found via Publications and Publication Type) includes legislative observations, research reports, policy statements and submissions, and annual reports. There is also information on Irish cases in which the IHREC and IHRC has acted as amicus curiae (with links to the full text).

Irish Law Site

The law of both Ireland and Northern Ireland is covered by this site, which is hosted by University College Cork Law Faculty and edited by Dr Darius Whelan. It has annotated listings of sources for case law, legislation, the Irish Constitution, government information, legal systems and courts, the legal profession, law departments and the Peace Process. There is an A-Z subject index linking to book lists and selected online sources on a range of topics, and links to the Faculty’s other sites which include IRLII and the Irish Law Updates blog.

Irish Law Updates

Developments in Irish law, including news of forthcoming events in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, are the subject of this blog by Darius Whelan of University College Cork Law Faculty.

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

The INIS is responsible for carrying out the administrative functions of the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to asylum, immigration (including visas) and citizenship matters in the Republic of Ireland. The site includes forms, information leaflets and background notes on immigration and asylum policy. The Legislation section includes the text of relevant Acts and Statutory Instruments.

Irish Solicitors and Legal Resources

This is the Irish section of Delia Venables’ web site Legal Resources in UK and Ireland. It provides annotated links to Irish legal sites and resources including the sites of solicitors, barristers and publishers.

Irishtimes.com

Irishtimes.com is the online version of The Irish Times, which is regarded as Ireland’s newspaper of record. Content accessible by non-subscribers includes the top stories of the newspaper’s current issue and, via the search box, headlines and brief abstracts of articles from 1996 onwards. A Digital Archive of over 150 years is available to subscribers.

IRLII

IRLII – the Irish Legal Information Initiative – was established in 2001 by University College Cork Law Faculty to complement its contribution to BAILII. The index of cases is browsable by court and year, by subject, and by leading cases. It covers all decisions of the Irish High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal 1997 onwards, plus some earlier decisions, with links to the full text on BAILII where available, and with citations of cases reported in Irish Reports and Irish Law Reports Monthly. Legislation content comprises Irish Statutes 1999 onwards and Statutory Instruments 2002 onwards, and there is also a “Statutes & Related SIs” section which provides lists of SIs made under statutes with links to full text of SIs where available.

Law Reform Commission of Ireland

The Law Reform Commission is an independent statutory body established in 1975 to keep the law of Ireland under review and make recommendations for its reform. The site has details of both current and completed projects. All publications since its inception are available, including reports, consultation papers and annual reports. Other content includes a link to information on the Legislation Directory, an index tracking changes to primary legislation from the pre and post 1922 periods and to secondary legislation from 1999 onwards, which is maintained by the Commission. A draft Classified List of Legislation in Force in Ireland, comprising Acts and Statutory Instruments (Sept. 2016), is available on the site as well as  alphabetical and chronological lists of Revised Acts (administrative consolidations of over 290 Acts showing all amendments and changes).

Law Society of Ireland

The Law Society of Ireland is the professional body for solicitors in Ireland. Its web site includes the current and recent issues of the Society’s Gazette, with indices 1999 onwards and a searchable archive 1997 onwards, plus information on the structure and committees of the Society, a database of solicitors and firms, and a selection of recent news items.

LegalPeriodicals.org

This site is run by IRLII at the University College Cork Faculty of Law, having begun life as a section of the IRLII site. It contains an index of academic articles published in 32 Irish legal periodicals 1997 onwards, searchable by author, title and keyword. Links are provided to articles available online if the copyright holder has given consent.

Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General is Ireland’s chief law officer. The site includes information on the work of the Office of the Attorney General itself and of two other constituent parts, the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to the Government and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office, as well as a link to the electronic Irish Statute Book which the Office produces. Publications and reports available in full text include annual reports 2001 onwards.

Office of the Information Commissioner, Ireland

The site has information on the role, functions and powers of Ireland’s Information Commissioner, a post established in 1998 under the Freedom of Information Act 1997. It includes a code of practice, guidance notes and a  link to the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Also has links to the 1997 and 2003 Acts and to Regulations and Orders made under the FOI Acts. Other site content includes the Commissioner’s Decisions, court judgments (in appeals against decisions of the Commissioner), policy documents, annual reports and press releases.

Office of the Ombudsman, Ireland

The Office of the Ombudsman was set up in 1980. It is responsible for dealing with complaints about the administrative actions of government departments, local authorities, the Health Service Executive, and other public bodies in Ireland. “About Us” includes information, with links, on the Ombudsman Act 1980, amending Acts and other relevant legislation. Other sections provide information on how to make a complaint, press releases, leaflets and guidance. Annual reports and investigation reports are available from 1997 onwards. Also has a Sample Cases section and an Ombudsman’s Casebook (Autumn 2014 onwards) which has summaries of complaints dealt with.

Ombudsman Association

Membership of the Ombudsman Association (formerly known as the British and Irish Ombudsman Association) is open to ombudsmen and other complaint-handling bodies within the UK, the British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, and Ireland. The web site has a complete list of its 60+ members, with brief descriptions, contact details and links. Publications on the site include the most recent annual report and an occasional newsletter The Ombudsman.

Residential Institutions Redress Board

The Redress Board was set up under the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 to make fair and reasonable awards to persons who, as children, were abused while resident in Irish industrial schools, reformatories and other institutions subject to state regulation or inspection. Information on the site includes newsletters, annual reports, details of application and hearing procedures, and FAQs. The 2002 Act and Regulations are available to download, as is the Compensation Advisory Committee’s 2002 report Towards Redress and Recovery (“the Ryan Report”).

Revenue

Revenue – more formally the Office of the Revenue Commissioners – is the Irish government agency responsible for customs, excise, taxation and related matters. Under the “Taxes & Duties” tab there is information on specific taxes and duties, with links to leaflets, guides and other relevant material. Other site sections include “Tax Practitioners”, which has links to tax briefings, codes of practice, tax treaties and legislation.

Supreme Court of Ireland

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in all constitutional and civil matters in Ireland, and also exercises a limited jurisdiction in criminal matters in appeals from the Court of Criminal Appeal. Besides judgments 2001 onwards (also accessible on the Courts Service of Ireland site) and some earlier “important judgments” going back to 1934, its web site provides information on the membership, composition and jurisdiction of the Court, information on the Irish legal system and courts generally, a bibliography of Irish constitutional law, and the text of the Constitution of Ireland 1937 (as amended).

Walkers

Walkers is an offshore law firm with offices in the Cayman Islands (where the firm was founded), British Virgin Islands, London, Guernsey, Jersey, Dubai, Dublin (Ireland), Hong Kong and Singapore. The “Media” section of its web site contains articles on a wide range of subjects written from the perspective of those jurisdictions.

Workplace Relations

Website of  the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), which is an independent statutory body  established on 1 October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015. The WRC assumes the roles and functions previously carried out by the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), Equality Tribunal (ET), Labour Relations Commission (LRC), Rights Commissioners Service (RCS), and the first instance (Complaints and Referrals) functions of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).  Site content includes on a single database the decisions and determinations of the Equality Tribunal 1996 onwards, the Labour Court October 1986 onwards, the Employment Appeals Tribunal 2007 onwards and the Workplace Relations Commission 2015 onwards. Decisions/determinations can be searched by case type, body and keyword.