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Irish Prison Service1854-01-01McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.irishprisons.ie/; The Prison Service (Ireland) Act 1883; and various Prisons Acts 1933-2007
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform1997-07-092010-06-02http://www.justice.ie/; S.I. No. 298/1997; S.I. No. 216/2010
Department of Justice (I)1924-06-011997-07-08MINISTERS AND SECRETARIES ACT, 1924; S.I. No. 298/1997; Coakley and Gallagher 2005
Parole Board2001-04-01Replaced Sentence Review Group and was established on an interim administrative basis in 2001. Placed on a statutory footing via the Parole Act 2019 (No. 28 of 2019)McGauran et al. 2005; http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Parole_Board; Parole Act 2019 (No. 28 of 2019); S.I. No. 406/2021
Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention2002-04-012007-11-21First suggestions on appointment of an inspector of prisons in Ireland can be traced back to 1985 - 'The Whitaker report'Prisons Act 2007; Dáil Éireann - Volume 560 - 04 February, 2003--Written Answers. - Inspector of Prisons; http://www.inspectorofprisons.gov.ie/
Sentence Review Group1989-12-012001-04-01Replaced by Parole BoardDáil Éireann - Volume 537 - 31 May, 2001--Written Answers. - Sentence Review Group; Dáil Éireann - Volume 394 - 13 December, 1989--Written Answers. - Long-Term Prisoners; http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Parole_Board
General Prisons Board1877-01-011928-12-18Absorbed by Department of JusticeGeneral Prisons (Ireland) Act; S.I. 79/1928--General Prisons Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 1928; http://www.irishprisons.ie/about_us-history.htm
Inspector of Prisons2007-11-21Replacement of non-statutory Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention by statutory Inspector of Prisons. First incumbent appointed 21 Nov 2007 to take effect on 1 Jan 2008.http://www.inspectorofprisons.gov.ie/; Prisons Act 2007
Irish Youth Justice Service2005-12-01http://www.iyjs.ie/; Dáil Éireann - Volume 646 - 05 February, 2008--Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies
Department of Justice and Law Reform2010-06-022011-04-02http://www.justice.ie/; S.I. No. 216/2010; S.I. No. 138/2011
Oberstown Children Detention Campus2016-06-01Under the Children (Amendment) Act 2015 child detention schools in the state were amalgamated into one national detention campus. www.oberstown.com; Children (Amendment) Act 2015; S.I. No. 273/2016
Department of Justice (II)2020-11-01Replaced Department of Justice and Equality S.I. No. 452/2020; http://www.justice.ie/
Ministry of Home Affairs1922-01-101924-06-02Predated Saorstát Éireann.'Departments of State' referred to in general terms under Constitution of the Irish Free State (Saorstát Éireann) Act, 1922. Subsequently replaced by Department of Justice (I) under the Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924 (No. 16 of 1924)Article 56 and the 'Transitory Provisions' of the Schedule to the Constitution of the Irish Free State (Saorstát Eireann) Act, 1922 (No. 1 of 1922); http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/An_early_history_of_the_Department; Chubb 1970; https://www.gov.ie/ga/foilsiuchan/99eec5-second-dail/#second-dail-2nd-ministry-post-treaty