The Children (Amendment) Act 2015 was enacted on 27th July 2015 and is being commenced by way of Ministerial Orders on a phased basis.  The Act includes provisions dealing with :

  1. Matters relating to closure and amalgamation of children detention school.
  2. The repeal of certain provisions of the Children Act 2001 that provide for the remand in custody or detention of males in St. Patrick's Institution.
  3. The designation of part or all of a children detention school as a remand centre.
  4. Remission of sentence in children detention schools, incorporating a new disciplinary process and an appeal process whereby the sanction imposed is forfeiture of remission.
  5. Any child serving a period of detention can remain in a children detention school for an additional six months beyond their 18th birthday where they satisfy certain conditions.
  6. An amendment to section 42 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999 to allow the Garda to arrest a child who is already on a detention order, or on remand in a children detention school, for questioning in relation to an offence or offences other than those for which he or she is in detention or on remand.


The Children (Amendment) Act 2015