It is against the law for a young person under 15 to be in a pub without a parent or guardian. A young person between 15 and 17 can attend a private function, such as a wedding, in a pub after the times above if a proper meal is being served. It is also against the law for an adult to buy alcohol for a young person under the age of 18. The penalty is a maximum fine of €1500.
The information below should be helpful, as many parents are unsure of the law on underage drinking and what happens if this law is broken.
Applies to those over the age of criminal responsibility and under 18
Gives young offenders a second chance
Includes conditions, such as accepting responsibility, agreeing to cautioning and supervision from Juvenile Liaison Officer and no previous cautions
Allows teenagers avoid a criminal record
Cannot be drunk in public place - maximum fine of €127
Cannot take part in ‘offensive conduct’ between 12am and 7am - maximum fine of €635
Cannot use threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in public - maximum fine of €635 and/or 3 months jail
It is illegal to sell or supply alcohol to under 18s
Gardaí can take away alcohol from under 18s drinking in public and can also contact their parents