Legal situation around carrying Knives in Ireland.

     The possession of a knife is covered by the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990.  The basic position is that it is an offence to have “in any public place any knife or other article which has a blade or which is sharply pointed”.

     The act allows for a defence to be made that the knife was being carried for “work or for a recreational purpose”.  This means that it is the responsibility of the person carrying the knife to convince the Gardaí / Judge that they had a valid, non-criminal, reason for carrying a knife in a public place.


      Contrary to popular opinion, there is no specific blade length below which it is automatically legal to carry a knife.

     For this reason, it it very advisable to pack away your knife while travelling to and from your Scouting activity especially if travelling by public transport.