Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997
Abduction of child by parent, etc.
16.—(1) A person to whom this section applies shall be guilty of an offence, who takes, sends or keeps a child under the age of 16 years out of the State or causes a child under that age to be so taken, sent or kept—
(a) in defiance of a court order, or
(b) without the consent of each person who is a parent, or guardian or person to whom custody of the child has been granted by a court unless the consent of a court was obtained.
(2) This section applies to a parent, guardian or a person to whom custody of the child has been granted by a court but does not apply to a parent who is not a guardian of the child.
(3) It shall be a defence to a charge under this section that the defendant—
(a) has been unable to communicate with the persons referred to in subsection (1) (b) but believes they would consent if they were aware of the relevant circumstances; or
(b) did not intend to deprive others having rights of guardianship or custody in relation to the child of those rights.
(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—
(a) on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both, or
(b) on conviction on indictment to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years or to both.
(5) Any proceedings under this section shall not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
A fine of £1,500 translates into a class C fine (€1,000 to €2,500) as provided (4.01.2011) by Fines Act 2010 (8/2010), s. 6(2) and table ref. no. 1, S.I. No. 662 of 2010.