Role of Competition Policy
The role of the section is to promote competition in all areas of the economy within the framework of:
- the Competition Act 2002 (No. 14 of 2002) (The Law Reform Commission provides an administrative consolidation of the Competition Act 2002)
- the Competition (Amendment) Act 2006 (No. 4 of 2006)
- the Competition (Amendment) Act 2012 (No. 18 of 2012) (PDF, 45KB)
The work of the Section is concerned mainly with the development of policy and the provision of advice on the application of competition law. The Section is also responsible for ensuring that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has adequate resources to discharge its statutory functions.
The Section also has responsibility for the following legislation:
Trading Act, 1979 specifically the issuing of
Occasional Trading Permit Application Form
- Casual Trading Act, 1995 specifically the amending of the categories which are excluded from the scope of casual trading. All operational matters, including the making of bye laws, the designating of casual trading areas and the issuing of casual trading licences are the function of the relevant Local Authority;
- Shops (Hours of Trading) Act, 1938 dealt with the law on matters such as public holidays, half day closing, hours of trading and Sunday trading in respect of shops. This Act is largely inoperative.
Last modified: 04/11/2014