There is currently no legislation in Ireland providing for the expungement of criminal convictions. Ireland is the only country in the EU and one of the only countries in the Council of Europe area to not have such ‘second chance’ legislation*.
Securing employment or training, and the ability to rebuild a life after committing an offence, is crucial to breaking the cycle of offending. Enacting effective spent convictions legislation could remove many existing barriers to the successful reintegration of former offenders and prisoners.
For updates on the progress of Spent Convictions legislation, see below.
IPRT is campaigning hard to make sure that robust and extensive Spent Convictions legislation is enacted at the earliest opportunity.
Can you help us by contacting your TDs as part of our Spent Convictions campaign? Contact Fiona at: email@example.com
*Under Section 258 of the Children Act 2001, offences committed by those under eighteen years of age can be expunged from the record once certain conditions are met. See here.