IRLII (Irish Legal Information Initiative), hosted by UCC School of Law, is the Irish hub of the global Free Access to Law Movement (FALM). FALM is committed to ensuring that legal decisions are made available to all, on a non-profit basis and free of charge, to remove any barriers of status, income or location and to promote justice, equality, inclusion and the rule of law.

IRLII was established to contribute to the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII). IRLII is intended to complement, rather than compete with, BAILII. Apart from providing BAILLI with Irish content, IRLII also offers a number of unique services.

We are grateful for the kind sponsorship and support provided by the School of Law at University College Cork (UCC) and by the Arthur Cox Foundation.

This is a free service. Neither the School of Law at UCC nor those involved in putting together, maintaining or sponsoring the IRLII site invite reliance upon, or accept responsibility for, the information provided here. While we try to provide a high quality service, we cannot give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up-to-date nature of the information provided. Users are warned that the publication of legislation on this web site does not indicate that any particular provision in a statute or statutory instrument was, or is currently, in force. The documents provided on this site are for reference purposes only and should not be used in court proceedings; the official versions of the documents are the hard copies.

Improving Access to Law


September 2001 (IRLII Launch)

In September 2001, Professor John Mee founded IRLII (Irish Legal Information Initiative) as part of UCC Law Faculty’s contribution to the BAILII project. Much of the early development was done by Dr. Conor O’Mahony and Mícheál O’Dowd


The IRLII website was completely redesigned and data converted to SQL format in 2003 pursuant to a grant from University College Cork to promote Research into Teaching Excellence. The grant was made jointly to Prof. John Mee and Dr. Darius Whelan. A new logo, the TWIRLII! also debuted.

2007 (Launch of Legal Periodicals)

LegalPeriodicals.org, which began life as a section of the IRLII website, was given its own identity as it dealt primarily with secondary sources of law rather than the caselaw and legislation more associated with IRLII. The IRLII website was also extensively redesigned to offer more features and make the interface more intuitive.

October 2019 (Relaunch)

Under the new direction of Prof. Maria Cahill and Dr. Patrick O’Callaghan, UCC’s commitment to FALM was re-invigorated with the help of a dedicated team of student researchers. In order to ensure even greater accessibility of judicial decisions and journal articles published in Ireland, the website was redesigned for a third time and the primary focus shifted to promoting accessibility through social media platforms.