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Public Safety (Emergency Powers) Act, 1923

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Number 28.


PUBLIC SAFETY (EMERGENCY POWERS) ACT, 1923.


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Power of Executive Minister to arrest and detain certain persons.

2.

Power of responsible officer to arrest certain persons.

3.

Detention of persons now in military custody.

4.

Establishment of Appeal Councils.

5.

Punishments for offences in Schedule.

6.

Power to seize and sell animals found trespassing.

7.

Restitution of stolen property.

8.

Restrictions on the sale and possession of firearms.

9.

Punishment of persons having stolen property.

10.

Recovery of property representing stolen property or funds.

11.

Recovery of money in Bank representing stolen property or funds.

12.

Change of venue in criminal cases.

13.

Power to make regulations as to places of imprisonment.

14.

Power to make rules and prescribe forms.

15.

Preservation of powers of the Military Forces.

16.

Definitions.

17.

Short title and duration.

SCHEDULE

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Number 28.


PUBLIC SAFETY (EMERGENCY POWERS) ACT, 1923.


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE PROTECTION OF PERSON AND PROPERTY AND FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH OR ARISING OUT OF THE PRESENT EMERGENCY. [1st August, 1923.]

WHEREAS a number of persons have been for some time past engaged in an attempt to overthrow by force the lawfully established Government of Saorstát Eireann and to that end have created a state of rebellion which has been carried on by means of armed attacks on the Military Forces of Saorstát Eireann, assassination and wounding the citizens, destruction of public and private buildings and other property, unlawful seizure and occupation of land, armed robbery of Government Offices, Banks and other institutions and persons, and divers other modes of defying law and causing public disorder:

AND WHEREAS for the purpose of suppressing such rebellion the Military Defence Forces of Saorstát Eireann were entrusted by the Executive Government with the task of securing the public safety and restoring order and the rule of law throughout the country and the said Military Forces are discharging with success the duty so imposed upon them

AND WHEREAS it is desirable that the Civil Authorities should be endowed with such powers as will enable them lawfully to co-operate with the Military Forces in the work of restoring and maintaining order and to re-establish the supremacy of law and Civil Government with or without military co-operation as may be possible so soon as the success of the military operations and the circumstances of each district will permit:

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS OF SAORSTÁT EIREANN AS FOLLOWS:—