Administration of Justice

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

This site provides access to a host of materials related to the mission of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Its mission is to enhance community security and equality through the development of policy and services which underpin the protection and assertion of human rights; the security of the State; an effective and balanced approach to tackling crime; and progress towards the elimination of discrimination.

Law Reform Commission of Ireland

The Law Reform Commission is an independetn statutory body corporate established under the Law Reform Commission Act, 1975, to keep the law under the review and to make recommendations for its reform. This includes work on consolidation of statutes and statute law revision. Available on this site are numerous publications resulting from this work..


Irish Penal Reform Trust

The Irish Penal Reform Trust is an independent organization campaigning for dignity, justice and humane approaches in the development and implementation of penal systems, particularly in the Republic of Ireland.  This site outlines the Trust's aims and mission supported by the publication online of the Trust Policy statements on matters such as drugs and the penal system; sex offenders; restorative justice; women and the penal system; overuse of prison in Ireland; and the need for an independent prison authority.

Irish Prisons Service

The Irish Prisons Service has been established as an independent executive agency, apart from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. This link goes to their website, which is partially under construction, but contains a large number of publications and press releases.

The Probation Service

The Probation Service is part of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. They assess and manage offenders in the community on behalf of the Courts Service and the Prison Service. The website offers information as to the activities of the Service as well as research materials.

Crime Prevention

The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

This site provides information as to the form and function of the office, news, national strategy, research and publications.

Drugs & Alcohol

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - Country Overview

The EMCDDA country overview provides a structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. It consists of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of Ireland.

National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) Publications

This site houses multiple reports about drugs in Ireland, including general publications, those relating to community/voluntary sector, consequences, prevalence, prevention, and treatment and rehabilitation. All publications are available to view or free to download.

National Documentation Centre on Drug Use

The National Documentation Centre (NDC) is an information resource providing researchers with access to electronic and hardcopy documentation on all aspects of drug use. Visitors to the web site can use the Electronic Library of Irish drug-related research and a range of other valuable research material.

Human Rights

Irish Legal Information Initiative

This site is a free resource for primary legal materials for Ireland. Designed to complement the British and Irish Legal Information Institute's (BAILII) resources, cases are listed by subject and alphabetically by party. The site also includes law reports and published statutes.

Juvenile Justice

Irish Youth Justice Service

This site provides information as to the form and function of the service, as well as strategy, community programes, detention school services, press and publications, news and legislation.

Law & the Courts

Courts Service

The Courts Service site provides information on Ireland's courts, the courts' newsletter, press releases and announcements, the legal diary of the courts, and links to other legal entities in Ireland.

Guide to Law Online, Ireland

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the United States Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

Office of the Attorney General

The official website for the office of the Attorney General, the site provides publications such as annual reports and statements of strategy, news, and information as to the form and function of the Attorney General's Office.

Police & Law Enforcement

Data Protection Commissioner

The website of the Data Protection Commissioner offers extensive information on individual's rights and organization's responsibilities. Publications, frequently asked questions, information about enforcement, case studies, news and links are provided.

Garda Siochana

The website of the Garda Siochana (Ireland's police force) provides annual reports, as well as a collection of publications and documents. Some documents are in English and some are in Gaeilge.

The Private Security Authority

The Private Security Authority is the statutory body with responsibility for licensing and regulating the private security industry in Ireland. The website offers information about it's form and functions, news, training and standards, legislation, press releases, frequently asked questions and news.

Research & Statistics

Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development

The ACJRD website provides the visitor with extensive information in respect to the administration of criminal justice, the causes and prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders. The website includes publications, research, reports and links.

National Crime Council

The National Crime Council provides information on crime prevention and served as an independent source of policy advice to Government. Though it has since ceased operations, users may access statistics, publications, links and other information.