Oil in Navigable Waters Act, 1926

Legal proceedings.

9.—(1) Where any offence under this Act is alleged to have been committed by the master of a vessel who thereafter departs from Saorstát Eireann before the expiration of the period within which proceedings for such alleged offence might have been instituted against him, proceedings for such alleged offence may, notwithstanding anything in the Summary Jurisdiction Acts, be instituted against him at any time within two months next after the date on which he returns to Saorstát Eireann.

(2) For the purposes of any proceedings for an offence under this Act, the offence may be treated as having been committed either at the place at which it was actually committed or at any place in which the person charged with the offence may at any time be found.

(3) Where a fine or any part thereof imposed by any court in proceedings against the master of a vessel for an offence under this Act is not paid at the time and in the manner ordered by the court, the court shall, without prejudice to any other powers of the court for enforcing payment, have power to direct the amount of such fine remaining unpaid at the time aforesaid to be levied by distress and sale of such vessel, her tackle, furniture, and apparel.

(4) Every offence under any section of this Act may be prosecuted by or at the suit of the harbour authority concerned, or the Minister or the Minister for Fisheries as prosecutor.