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Up to which age is one regarded as a child and young person respectively?


You are a child until the age of 18 years. However, there are certain rules that children under 18 years of age achieve privileges which normally subjected to adults (e.g. the right to marry).

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Are children/teens allowed to stay in public places?


There is no legislation. Nevertheless, minors should not be attract attention because of disturbance of the peace.

In addition, minors must not be drunk in public (Criminal Justice Act [Public Order] 1994).

If an unaccompanied child is in a public place in danger, the health authority can intervene (Child Care Act 1991).

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Are children/teens allowed to stay in restaurants or dance halls / ballrooms?



They are allowed to stay in restaurants until 9 pm when accompanied by their parents or legal guardian, with exception cases of private events between 15 and 17 years old young persons.

Dance Halls:

The acess depends on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

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Are children/teens allowed to stay in night clubs, bars, casinos, places for gambling etc.?


Bars, Clubs:

Most clubs have their own rules preventing anyone under the age of 18 from entering.

Harmfull Places:

There is no legislation.

Places for gambling:

According to the bet Act of 1931, is betting prohibited for persons under 18 years of years. There is no legislation which prohibits children the access to gambling halls. The owners have their own rules preventing anyone under the age of 18 from entering.

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Is it allowed to sell spirits to children/teens?


Selling alcohol to minors is an offense. No distinction is made concerning the strength of alcoholic beverages. Children may drink alcohol in home if they are with their parents.

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Which restrictions are there for children/teens to visit public film screenings?


There are different levels:

  • G general provided for pupils
  • PG public general
  • 12a over 12 years. Among 12-year old will be admitted when accompanied by adults.
  • 15a over 15 years. Among 15 year old will be admitted when accompanied by adults.
  • 16 over 16 years
  • 18 from 18 years

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Are children/teens allowed to smoke in public?


It is prohibited to sell tobacco to anyone less than 18 years of the age. Smoking in public places (e.g. pubs, restaurants, workplace etc.) is restricted for everybody.

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Is it allowed for children/teens to go to internet café?


There is no legislation. The owners have their own rules preventing anyone under 18 years of age from entering.

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Which restrictions are there about carrying knifes, martial arts equipment, weapons?


According to the firearms Act of 1925, as amended in 1964, it is prohibited to possess a firearms certificate for anyone under 18 years of age. Firearms are all lethal weapons, from which a shot, bullet or other projectiles can be fired (including air guns and crossbows). Carrying a knife is a criminal offense.

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Which regulations are there concerning sexual relations with children/teens?


The age of consent for sexual relations is 17. Everything else is child abuse and will be punished.

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Which restrictions are there if foreign young people want to work temporarily?


There are no restrictions for EU citizens (except citizens of Romania and Bulgaria).

More information see: http://www.entemp.ie/labour/workpermits/bulgariaromania.htm

Non-EU citizens require a labour permit: http://www.entemp.ie/labour/workpermits/bulgariaromania.htm

Youth may work starting from 16 years from 6.00 to 22,00 o'clock and maximally 40 hours per week. „Light work“ is permitted for 14 and 15 years old youth.

“Working Holidays” are allowed.

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To which institutions can children/teens turn to if they need help?


The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC): www.ispcc.ie

Childline www.childline.ie

The Samaritans www.samaritans.ie

German Embassy

31 Trimleston Avenue
Co. Dublin

Phone:+353 (0)1 269 3011
fax:+353 (0)1 269 3946

emergency phone: 353 (0)87 221 1382

see: http://www.dublin.diplo.de/Vertretung/dublin/en/Startseite.html

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Useful internet sites about youth protection


Department of Health and Children www.dohc.ie

Citizens Information www.citizensinformation.ie

Youth Information www.youthinformation.ie

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More information


Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland (10/2008)

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