The Fire Services Act 1981 (as amended by The Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act, 1989; and Section 3 of The Licensing of Indoor Events Act 2003) is one of the primary pieces of legislation relating to fire safety in buildings in Ireland.
This act places a duty on every person having control over certain premises (generally premises to which the public have access) to:
• take all reasonable measures to guard against the outbreak of fire on the premises
• to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable the safety of persons on the premises in the event of an outbreak of fire.
To assist people to meet their responsibilities for fire safety the Department of the Environment and Local Government has published a series of fire safety publications for a range of different building types and functions.