Civil Defence operates under legislation that includes the Air Raid Precautions Act 1939, Air Raid Precautions Amendment Act 1946, Local Government Acts of 1941 to 2001, various Statutory Instruments and the Civil Defence Act 2002.
The Civil Defence Bill was passed by the Dáil on 26th March 2002. The Bill was signed into Law by the President on Friday 12th April 2002 and subsequently became known as the Civil Defence Act 2002.
The Civil Defence Act 2002 is the most important piece of Civil Defence legislation to be enacted in over 50 years. Following on from this legislation a new State Authority known as the Civil Defence Board was established to manage and develop Civil Defence at national level.