Department of Justice Confirms Event Licensing Imminent

17th May 2013

The Chairman of the Irish Security Industry Association, Michael McQuillan, recently wrote to the minister for Justice and Equality calling on him to keep his promise made last summer to implement regulation and licensing of the event security sector.  

In response to McQuillan's letter a communication was recently received from the Department of Justice confirming that the Office of Parliamentary Council is currently working on draft Private Security (Licensing and Standards) (Event Security) Regulations.  The Department of Justice and Equality stated that they hoped the relevant Statutory Instrument (SI) would be finalised in the coming months.  

McQuillan stated that "this is an excellent result for the members of the ISIA's Event & Entertainment Security Division, the industry overall and most of all for the millions of people and visitors to our country who attend events across Ireland each year".  

The communication from the Department of Justice and Equality stated that the Private Security Authority (PSA) has informed the Minister that it proposes to commence licensing of contractors in the first instance and that this will be followed by licensing of individuals working in the area of event security.  

The ISIA was also advised by the Department that the PSA is currently in discussions with An Garda Síochána on a new standard for Event Security.  McQuillan pointed out that "the ISIA will ensure any new standards under development will be carefully reviewed by him in consultation with the members.  It is critical for us to keep an eye on future developments so that we can be certain they are implemented in the most practical way for the industry and in a way that will protect the public".