Defence Act 1954

Restrictions on recruiting for other States.


312. (1) It shall not be lawful for any person—

( a) to induce, procure or persuade any person in the State to accept or agree to accept any commission or engagement in any military, naval or air force maintained by the Government of any other State, or

( b) to print within the State or cause or procure to be printed within the State any notice or advertisement in relation to the procurement of personnel for any military, naval or air force maintained by the Government of any other State, or

( c) to publish or cause or procure to be published within the State any such notice or advertisement as is mentioned in paragraph ( b) of this subsection which is printed within the State.

(2) Every person who acts in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding F403 [ 1,000 ] pounds or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

(3) In this section—

the expression “ the Government” in relation to any other State includes any person exercising or assuming to exercise powers of Government in or over such State or any part thereof;

the expression “ military, naval or air force” does not include a voluntary aid society duly recognised and authorised for the purposes of the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field signed at Geneva on the 12th day of August, 1949.




Substituted (24.06.1987) by Defence (Amendment) Act 1987 (8/1987), s. 2, item 33, commenced on enactment, subject to transitional provision in s. 16. A fine of £1,000 converted (1.01.1999) to 1,269.73. This translates into a class C fine not exceeding €2,500 as provided (1.01.2011) by Fines Act 2010 (8/2010), ss. 3, 6(3) and table ref. no. 3, S.I. No. 662 of 2010.