Private Investigators in Ireland

Posted 9:02 5 June 2015

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Private investigators in Ireland, and people who use them will have to be even more careful as the need for a Private Investigator licence becomes law in November. In Ireland the Private Security Authority (PSA) will be the overseers of the private investigation industry. They are already responsible for licensing the security industry with licences being issued for  security guards, door supervisors, alarm and CCTV fitters to name a few professions.

From November every private investigator operating in Ireland will need to have applied to the PSA for a licence. For the licence to be granted, the private investigator needs to:

The PSA don’t stop there though. The new law will mean that it will also be the responsibility of the customer to ensure that the private investigator that they choose has the required licence. The customer can face similar fines and custodial sentences as an unlicensed investigator. The Irish Times reports that recently a number of private investigators have been convicted of breaches of the Irish data protection laws. The Department of Justice in Ireland have said that it’s because dodgy practices were unearthed during these investigations that it has become necessary to regulate the private investigation industry.

If you are considering using a private investigation service and have any questions about the current legislation surrounding the private investigation industry in the UK, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email.