In November 2014 the Minister for Justice and Equality of the time, Frances Fitzgerald TD, introduced the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Heads of Bill, which included provisions to criminalise the purchase of sex. Over the three years of legislative progress the decriminalisation of the sale of sex was explicitly introduced to the legislation, having been highlighted as a core requirement of the Nordic model. Below is the legislation both as it was first introduced in 2015 and as it was passed in 2017.

Final legislation:
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017
As introduced to Seanad Eireann in Oct 2015:
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015

An overview of the legislation can be read here, as it was first introduced in 2014.


Survivor/Activist Mia deFaoite spoke at an event to mark the passing of the legisation and completion of the campaign. This event was attended by key political champions, activists, campaigners and project partners.