Harbours Act, 1946

Provisions in respect of certain policing powers.

179.—(1) Where, immediately before the passing of this Act, a harbour authority had any powers in respect of the policing of their harbour, the following provisions shall have effect:

(a) if the said powers were then being exercised—

(i) the Minister for Justice, if he so thinks fit, may, after consultation with the Minister for Finance, by order declare that the said powers shall cease and that the policing of the harbour shall be carried out by the Garda Síochána, and

(ii) unless and until such order comes into operation and notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the said powers, and the duties, powers and obligations of any constables or other officers duly appointed by the harbour authority in exercise of the said powers, shall continue in like manner as before the passing of this Act;

(b) if the said powers were not then being exercised they shall cease upon the passing of this Act.

(2) Where an order is made under subsection (1) of this section in relation to a harbour authority, the Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, by order provide for compensation (to be paid or borne by such harbour authority) for the constables or their officers whose services will be dispensed with in consequence of the first-mentioned order and who have not reached the normal age of retirement.

(3) An order under this section shall have the force of law in accordance with its terms.