Civil Defence Act 2023


1. In this Act—

“Act of 2001” means the Local Government Act 2001 ;

“Act of 2012” means the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 ;

“administrative area” has the same meaning as it has in the Act of 2001;

“civil defence” means the volunteer-based organisation, organised at a local authority level, that supports, through the provision of civil defence services, the principal response agencies, Departments of State and, as appropriate, other State agencies, during national, regional and local emergency and non-emergency events, including by assisting at community, local authority, sporting and charitable events;

“civil defence officer” means a person employed in accordance with section 5 (1) to be a civil defence officer and includes a person employed to be an assistant civil defence officer;

“civil defence plan” has the meaning given to it by section 8 (1);

“civil defence services” means the services provided for the purposes of this Act by civil defence volunteers in the performance of their duties;

“civil defence unit” has the meaning given to it by section 4 (1);

“civil defence volunteer” means a person who is registered in the Register for the local authority concerned;

“code of practice” means a code of practice prescribed by regulations made under section 10 (1);

“Data Protection Regulation” means Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 20161 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation);

“local authority” means—

(a) a county council within the meaning of the Act of 2001, or

(b) a city council within the meaning of that Act;

“Minister” means the Minister for Defence;

“principal response agencies” means An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and local authorities;

“Register” has the meaning given to it by section 7 (1).

1 OJ No. L 119, 4. 5.2016, p.1.