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.
18th July 2017
IPRT has welcomed the National Drugs Strategy’s recommendation that the Government consider decriminalisation of minor drug possession and review spent convictions legislation.
17th July 2017
IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations on criminal convictions and alternative sanctions.
11th July 2017
IPRT would like to hear from people who have experienced issues with getting insurance (home/motor/self-employment/other) due to having previous convictions. Anonymity is completely guaranteed.
16th March 2017
Nacro is a social justice charity that helps the most vulnerable in the community to change their lives, and reach their full potential and aspirations. The Aeneid project is an employer-focussed initiative aimed at increasing & improving opportunities for those with criminal records.
13th February 2017
'Strengthening your workforce with talent from disadvantaged groups' is the Department for Work & Pension's step-by-step guide to open recruitment, written in partnership with Business in the Community.
2nd February 2017
Article discussing the removal of criminal records for crimes committed while aged 18-25 to help people in gaining employment.
29th April 2016
Minister for Justice and Equality announces the commencement of The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 and The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 today.
8th April 2016
The Minister for Justice and Equality announced on Wednesday, 6th April last, that the Act is to be commenced on the 29th April this year. Minister Fitzgerald went into further details of the Spent Convictions Act with regards to the offences that the Act will cover.
12th February 2016
The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 was signed into law by President Higgins on 11th Feb 2016.
3rd February 2016
The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today (Wednesday, 3 February 2016) welcomed the passage of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012 through both houses of the Oireachtas.
29th January 2016
The 'Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012' was passed in the Dáil on Wednesday 27th January 2016.
26th January 2016
The 'Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Amendment Bill 2012' is scheduled to return to the Dáil at Order for Report, Report and Final Stages on 27th January 2016.
20th January 2016
IPRT has updated its submission, including suggested amendments, on the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012.
14th July 2015
This paper aims to provide an insightful perspective into youth justice policy and practice in Northern Ireland with a focus on designing interventions to aid desistance.