Classified List of Legislation in Force in Ireland
Classified List of In-Force Legislation: searchable and linked to full text on the eISB
Welcome to the Law Reform Commission's online Classified List of In-Force Legislation which went live in January 2020.
The key features of the Classified List are:
- It contains a searchable list of over 2,000 in-force Acts and over 15,000 statutory instruments organised under 36 Subject Headings or Titles.
- The 36 Subject Headings or Titles include: Business Regulation, Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Environment, Family Law, Health and Health Services, Land Law, Oireachtas (National Parliament) and Legislation, Taxation and Transport.
- The 36 Subject Headings or Titles are broken down into over 500 sub-headings, and the relevant Acts and statutory instruments can be found listed in those sub-headings.
- The search facility allows you to search for either:
- the name of any Act or statutory instrument, or
- any of the 36 headings or over 500 sub-headings in the List.
- All of the 2,000 Acts and 15,000 statutory instruments are linked to their full text on the electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB) or, where available, a Revised Act version (administrative consolidation) prepared by the Commission. Currently, the Commission maintains over 360 Revised Acts.
Important Warnings and Limitations concerning the List
The Commission draws attention to the following:
- The Classified List contains a list of over 2,000 in-force post-1922 Acts of the Oireachtas and post-1922 statutory instruments, but of over 1,000 pre-1922 Acts that remain in force, the List contains just over 100 of these. The Commission intends to add the remaining pre-1922 in-force Acts over time. A list of these Acts is available in the Statute Law Revision Act 2007, Schedule 1 (retained pre-1922 Public Acts), the Statute Law Revision Act 2009 (retained pre-1922 Private Acts) and the Statute Law Revision Act 2012 (retained pre-1922 Local and Personal Acts).
- The Classified List contains the statutory instruments made under the European Communities Act 1972, section 3, but they are listed only under their appropriate main Titles in their own subtitles, and are not more specifically classified. It is intended to do this in stages. A full list of European Communities Section 3 statutory instruments is published on the eISB at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/isbc/s3eutoc.html.
- Some of the features on these pages work on the newer web browsers including Chrome, Edge and Firefox, but not on Internet Explorer.
- While the Commission has taken great care in the compilation of the Classified List, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees,undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Users are kindly asked to notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Agriculture and Food
- Arts, Culture and Sport
- Business Occupations and Professions
- Business Regulation, Including Business Names, Company Law and Partnerships
- Citizenship, Equality and Individual Status
- Civil Liability (Contract and Tort) and Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Law
- Communications and Energy
- Courts and Courts Service
- Criminal Law
- Defence Forces
- Education and Skills
- Election and Referendum Law
- Employment Law
- Enterprise, Economic Development and Tourism
- Family Law
- Financial Services and Credit Institutions
- Foreign Affairs and International Relations
- Garda Síochána (Police)
- Health and Health Services
- Irish Language and Gaeltacht
- Land Law, Succession and Trusts
- Licensed Sale and Advertising of Alcohol
- Local Government
- National Government
- Natural Resources
- Oireachtas (National Parliament) and Legislation
- Planning, Development and Housing
- Prisons and Places of Detention
- Public Safety (Including Building Standards, Fire Safety and Product Safety)
- Social Welfare, Pensions, Charities and Religious Bodies
- State Finance and Procurement
- State Personnel and Superannuation/Pensions
The Classified List uses a specific notation for each of the Government Departments, taking account of current Departmental names as of November 2020. These are:
|Name of Government Department||Notation||Legislative source|
|Agriculture, Food and the Marine||Agric||Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 455 of 2011)|
|Enterprise, Trade and Employment||Enterprise||Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 519 of 2020)|
|Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth||Children||Children and Youth Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 437 of 2020)|
|Education||Education||Education and Skills (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 450 of 2020)|
|Environment, Climate and Communications||Comms||Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 373 of 2020)|
|Foreign Affairs||Foreign||Foreign Affairs and Trade (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 382 of 2020)|
|Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science||Higher Ed||Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Act 2020 (10/2020)|
|Health||Health||Health and Children (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 219 of 2011)|
|Housing, Local Government and Heritage||Local Gov||Housing, Planning and Local Government (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 408 of 2020)|
|Justice||Justice||Justice and Equality (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 452 of 2020)|
|Public Expenditure and Reform||Public Exp||Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2011 (10/2011)|
|Rural and Community Development||Community||Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2017 (18/2017)|
|Social Protection||Social||Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 447 of 2020)|
|Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media||Gaeltacht||Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 403 of 2020)|
|Transport||Transport||Transport, Tourism and Sport (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2020 (S.I. No. 351 of 2020)|
Background to the work of the Commission on the Classified List
The Commission first began work on the development of a Classified List of Legislation (Acts-In-Force) in 2009-2010. This work arose from the Commission’s general statutory mandate under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 to keep under review the law of Ireland, which includes the revision and consolidation of legislation. It also arose from the Commission’s participation in the eLegislation Group, chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach. It complements the Commission’s work on Revised Acts and the Legislation Directory, and can also be seen in the wider context of Better Regulation principles, as discussed in the OECD’s 2010 Report Better Regulation in Europe: Ireland (OECD, 2010).
In September 2010, the Department of the Taoiseach, on behalf of the eLegislation Group and the Commission, circulated an initial draft Classified List of Extant Post-1922 Acts in Force in Ireland to all Government Departments. Each Department’s reply made important corrections to the draft List, notably by identifying any errors in the assignment of Acts and as to the appropriate heading under which Acts were listed. After this process was completed, in early December 2010 the Commission placed the amended draft Classified List of Extant Post-1922 Acts in Force in Ireland on this website.
The Commission followed this process by publishing a Consultation Paper on a Classified List of Legislation in Ireland (LRC CP 62-2010), which placed this initial process of developing a Classified List in a wider national and comparative setting. In particular, the Consultation Paper noted that classified lists of legislation, or legislative codes as they are often called, have been developed in other States, notably at both federal and state level in the United States of America. Building on the draft classified list of post-1922 Acts, the Commission included a second version of the Classified List in the Consultation Paper and added over 100 pre-1922 Acts (derived from the definitive list of pre-1922 Public Acts that remain in force, as set out in the Statute Law Revision Act 2007), resulting in a total list of over 2,000 Acts. The Commission regularly updated the Classified List after that, taking account of new Acts, as well as the repeal of Acts found in previous versions.
Another significant development followed in 2016, which was the publication of the first Classified List of Legislation comprising Acts and Statutory Instruments in Ireland. Earlier versions were published as PDF documents. In January 2020, the current online Classified List went live. The Commission remains committed to updating the Classified List on a regular basis.