Restorative Justice

National Commission on Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is a victim- and community-oriented approach requiring the perpetrator to face up to the harm he or she has caused and repair or make good the damage done. Restorative justice puts the victim at the centre of the process.

Two restorative justice projects are currently funded in Ireland, one in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and one in Tallaght, Dublin 24.

The Probation Service 2006–2007 Strategy Statement provides a commitment to further develop restorative justice models.

A National Commission on Restorative Justice was announced on 11 March, 2007; the Commision's Interim Report (PDF - 1.35MB) was published in May 2008. Please see the press release National Commission on Restorative Justice Established for more information.

The Commission's Final Report (PDF - 4.97MB) was published on 17 December, 2009.  Please also see the Press Release.


Nenagh Community Reparation Project

The Nenagh Community Reparation Project is an initiative run in partnership with the Probation Service. It is managed by a local committee representing different community interests and was set up in 1999.


Tallaght Restorative Justice Services

The Victim/Offender Mediation Service started in Tallaght in May 2000.