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.
23rd October 2011
Writing in the 'Sunday Independent', Daniel McConnell reports on the forthcoming Spent Convictions Bill, which is "at an advanced stage of drafting, with only finer details left to be finalised."
7th September 2011
Over 225 college courses offered through the CAO require Garda Vetting; in the absence of Spent Convictions legislation, this can present a potential barrier to those who may have committed a minor offence, no matter how long ago.
7th June 2011
On 11th May 2011, Dara Calleary TD introduced a Private Member's Bill. The Spent Convictions Bill was previously published by Barry Andrews as a Private Members Bill in 2007. The Bill as reintroduced was debated at Second Stage on 7th/8th June, 2011.
20th May 2011
'Emergency Services Ireland' reports on IPRT's recent Public Forum on Spent Convictions
11th May 2011
A new study published today has acknowledged businesses in the UK which are actively trying to improve opportunities for offenders to get back into employment.
11th May 2011
Press Release on 'Breaking the Record' our public forum on Spent Convictions legislation, which was held in Pearse St. Library yesterday.
10th May 2011
The sixth seminar for the All Party Oireachtas Penal Reform Group of TDs and Senators, and the first of the new Dáil session, focused on Spent Convictions legislation.
10th May 2011
IPRT hosted Bobby Cummines OBE, Chief Executive of UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders (UK) on Tuesday 10th May, 2011 for a series of events focusing on obstacles experienced by those with a criminal record who wish to move on from their offending past.
1st May 2011
An article from thejournal.ie on the upcoming Spent Convictions Bill to be published this summer.
1st May 2011
In today's printed version of The Sunday Times(Irish edition), Mark Tighe reports on the Spent Convictions Bill which is sue to be published this summer.
7th April 2011
Deputy Clare Daly asks the Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter about his plans to introduce a Spent Convictions Bill as priority legislation.
6th April 2011
IPRT welcomes the inclusion of the Spent Convictions Bill among the list of twenty urgent Bills to be published by the Government by the end of the Summer Session (July 21st.)
4th March 2011
UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders (UK), has just published its response to the Green Paper on 'Breaking the Cycle'. A number of UNLOCK's recommendations are of interest as Ireland moves towards passing similar legislation.
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.
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.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.