Updated to 8 October 2021 (Act No. 32 of 2021 and S.I. No. 516 of 2021)

Prisons Act 2007
No. 10 of 2007

Contents

Commencement

SectionCommencement DateCommencement Information
Ss. 1 - 3 1 May 2007 Prison Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 180 of 2007), art. 2
Ss. 4 - 10 Not yet commenced. Requires commencement order under s. 1(2)
Ss. 11 - 16 1 October 2007 Prisons Act 2007 (Commencement) (No.2) Order 2007(S.I. No. 370 of 2007), art. 2
Ss. 17 - 32 1 May 2007 Prison Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 180 of 2007), art. 2
Ss. 33, 34 29 August 2008 Prisons Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2008 (S.I. No. 337 of 2008), art. 2
Ss. 35 - 37 1 May 2007 Prison Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 180 of 2007), art. 2
S. 38 1 October 2007 Prisons Act 2007 (Commencement) (No. 3) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 650 of 2007), art. 2
Ss. 39 - 41 1 May 2007 Prison Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 180 of 2007), art. 2
S. 42(a) 1 October 2007 Prisons Act 2007 (Commencement) (No.2) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 370 of 2007), art. 2
S. 42(b), 42(c) 1 May 2007 Prison Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 180 of 2007), art. 2
S. 43 1 May 2007 Prison Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 180 of 2007), art. 2

Amendments and other effects

How AffectedAffecting Provision
Act included in collectively cited Prisons Acts 1826 to 2015 Prisons (Ireland) Act 1826 (7 Geo. IV, c. 74)
  Prisoners (Ireland) Amendment Act 1884 (47 & 48 Vict., c. 36)
  Fine or Imprisonment (Scotland and Ireland) Act 1899 (62 & 63 Vict., c. 11) 
  Prisons (Ireland) Act 1907 (7 Edw. 7, c. 19) 
  Prisons Act 1933 (51/1933
  Prisons Act 1956 (9/1956)
  Prisons Act 1970 (11/1970) (repealed) 
  Prisons Act 1972 (7/1972) (repealed)
  Prisons Act 1974 (10/1974
  Prisons Act 1977 (14/1977)
  Prisons Act 2007 (10/2007)
  Prisons Act 1980 (6/1980)
  Prisons Act 2015 (57/2015), parts 1 and 2, s. 11 and part 4
Collectively cited Prisons Acts applied with modifications Children Act 2001 (24/2001), s. 156B, as inserted by 26/2006 Criminal Justice Act 2006 (26/2006), s. 144
  Children Act 2001 (24/2001), s. 153(4)
Application of collectively cited Prisons Acts restricted Employment Equality Act 1977 (16/1977), s. 17B, as inserted  by  European Communities (Employment Equality) Regulations 1985 (S.I. No. 331 of 1985), reg. 5
S. 2 amended Prisons Act 2015 (No. 57 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 20
S. 5 transfer of certain functions under Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3 & sch. 1
Part 3 (ss. 11-16) applied Prison Rules 2007 (S.I. No. 252 of 2007), rls. 1(2), 27(1), 29(1),66, 67(13), 68(1)
Part 3 (ss. 11-16) application extended Prison Rules 2007 (S.I. No. 252 of 2007), rls. 1(2), 66(1)
Part 3 person constituting an Appeal Tribunal under confirmed to be a prescribed person for purposes of Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 Ethics in Public Office (Designated Positions in Public Bodies) Regulations 2004 (S.I. No. 698 of 2004), reg. 6(u), as inserted by Ethics in Public Office (Designated Positions in Public Bodies) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 596 of 2010), reg. 2(a)
S. 12 applied Prison Rules 2007 (S.I. No. 252 of 2007), 1(2), sch. 1, par. 13
S. 13 references construed "Human Rights Commission" Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 (No. 25 of 2014), ss. 1(3), 8, 44(2)
S. 15 applied Prison Rules 2007 (S.I. No. 252 of 2007), 1(2), sch. 1, par. 13
S. 15(7) transfer of certain functions under Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3 & sch. 1
S. 16(4) transfer of certain functions under Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3 & sch. 1
Part 4 (ss. 17-29) applied Direction Under Section 18(1) of Prisons Act 2007 (S.I. No. 240 of 2012)
  Direction under Section 18(1) of Prisons Act 2007 (S.I. No. 251 of 2007), reg. 1
S. 20(1)(c) transfer of functions Heritage (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 339 of 2020), arts. 1(2), 3, schedule
  Heritage (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 192 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3(1) & sch., pt. 1
S. 26 resolution passed under Prison Development (Confirmation of Resolutions) Act 2013 (No. 28 of 2013), s. 1
  Prison Development (Confirmation of Resolutions) Act 2008 (No. 10 of 2008), s. 1
S. 28 transfer of functions Heritage (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 339 of 2020), arts. 1(2), 3, schedule
  Heritage (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 192 of 2011), arts. 1(2), 3(1) & sch., pt. 1
S. 33 repealed Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 (13/2020), ss. 1(2), 5(1), (2)
S. 34 repealed Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 (13/2020), ss. 1(2), 5(1), (2)

SIs made under the Act

SectionSIs made under the Act
S. 18(1) Direction Under Section 18(1) of Prisons Act 2007 (S.I. No. 240 of 2012)
  Direction under Section 18(1) of Prisons Act 2007 (S.I. No. 251 of 2007)
S. 35 Prison (Disciplinary Code for Officers) (Revocation) Rules 2020 (S.I. No. 261 of 2020)
  Prison (Amendment) Rules 2020 (S.I. No. 250 of 2020)
  Prison (Amendment) Rules 2018 (S.I. No. 507 of 2018)
  Prison (Amendment) Rules 2017 (S.I. No. 276 of 2017)
  Prison (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2014 (S.I. No. 385 of 2014)
  Prison (Amendment) Rules 2014 (S.I. No. 227 of 2014)
  Prison Rules (Amendment) 2013 (S.I. No. 11 of 2013)
  Prison (Disciplinary Code for officers) (Amendment) Rules 2009 (S.I. No. 438 of 2009)
  Prison Rules 2007 (S.I. No. 252 of 2007)