Spent Convictions

Securing employment or training, and the ability to rebuild a life after committing an offence, is crucial to breaking the cycle of offending. Effective spent convictions legislation has a major role to play in removing barriers to the reintegration of former offenders and prisoners who have demonstrated that they have moved on from past offending behaviour.

For information on whether the Spent Convictions legislation signed into law in February and commenced end April 2016 applies to you, please see Citizens Information. If this does not answer your question, please contact the Department of Justice - contact details here.

With thanks to SpunOut.ie we have produced a short information video on Spent Convictions (for convictions received for offences committed over 18). We have also produced an easy-to-read information sheet on spent convictions.

For questions about the Garda Vetting 'Admin Filter', please contact the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

IPRT has been campaigning for robust and extensive Spent Convictions legislation to be introduced in Ireland since 2007. You can read all about our work and recent developments below.

Offences committed under age 18?

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.

With thanks to SpunOut.ie, we also have a short information video on Expungement of Convictions (for convictions received for offences committed under 18). We have also produced an easy-to-read information sheet on expungement of convictions.

Election 2011: Are you committed to the Spent Convictions Bill? 15th February 2011

IPRT is putting four key questions to candidates in the run up to Election 2011. One critical question aims to secure a commitment from politicians to place priority on passing the Spent Convictions Bill in 2011. Read more

The Sunday Business Post: Off the Record 21st November 2010

An article about John, an ex-offender who has turned his life around thanks to the Linkage programme, run by Business in the Community. Read more

UK Campaign: Change the Record 21st October 2010

'Change the Record' is a new campaign to help ex-offenders back to work by tackling discriminatory practice and laws that prevent them finding a job. The campaign focuses on amending the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Read more

UK: Tagged for Life - A research report into employer attitudes towards ex-offenders 9th October 2010

Leading specialist welfare to work provider Working Links has launched its research report, looking at employer attitudes towards ex-offenders. Read more

Oireachtas Seminar on Reintegration of Offenders 2nd June 2010

A summary of IPRT's Oireachtas Seminar dealing with Spent Convictions, and other critical supports of the reintegration of offenders. Read more

Spent Convictions Scheme report launched 15th May 2009

The report of the Spent Convictions Group was launched on Thursday, 14th May, at the Law Society, Blackhall Place, by Mr. John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison. Read more

IHRC: Observations on the Spent Convictions Bill 2007 30th April 2009

The IHRC considers that the Spent Convictions Bill 2007 is in line with Ireland’s commitment to rehabilitate and re-integrate offenders back into society. However, in applying the relevant human rights law to the 2007 Bill, the IHRC has identified a number of areas of concern. Read more

Spent Convictions Bill to be Debated by Dail 17th December 2008

IPRT welcomes the introduction for second stage today in the Dáil of the Spent Convictions Bill 2007 Read more

IPRT Position Paper 2: Spent Convictions 20th November 2008 PDF documents

A Position Paper setting out IPRT's position on the proposal of a Spent Convictions Bill. Read more

Law Reform Commission: Report on Spent Convictions 31st July 2007

Under current law, records of criminal convictions of adults are permanent; this Report examines whether some very old convictions might be looked on as being “spent” or no longer relevant for certain purposes. Read more

IHRC: Extending the Scope of Employment Legislation-Criminal Convictions 1st May 2005 Word documents

A contribution from the IHRC on the review of the Employment Equality Act. The document concerns discrimination in employment for those who are vulnerable in our society, with a section concerning those with criminal convictions. Read more

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