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 :
- Matters relating to closure and amalgamation of children detention school.
- 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.
- The designation of part or all of a children detention school as a remand centre.
- Remission of sentence in children detention schools, incorporating a new disciplinary process and an appeal process whereby the sanction imposed is forfeiture of remission.
- 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.
- 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.