Private Security Authority

The Private Security Authority (PSA) Irish: An tÚdarás Slándála Prı́obháidı́ is the independent statutory body in Ireland that regulates private security services. It was established under the Private Security Services Act 2004. It is responsible for the protection of the public and clients of the security industry by promoting a high quality standards-based licensing system for businesses and individuals working in the industry.

The Private Security Authority
An tÚdarás Slándála Prı́obháidı́
Agency overview
Formed10 May 2004 (2004-29-10)
TypeStatutory authority
HeadquartersDavis Street, Tipperary Town
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • vacant, Chief Executive
  • Noel Lappin, Chairman
Parent departmentDepartment of Justice
Key document


  • Control and supervision of persons providing security services and improving standards.
  • Granting, renewing, suspending and revoking of licences.
  • Establishing and maintaining a register of licensees.
  • Issuing identity cards to licensees which must be on view when working.
  • Specifying qualifications, standards or requirements for the granting of licences.
  • Undertaking or commissioning research activities necessary for the planning, development and provision of those services.
  • Establishing and maintaining a register of licensees.
  • Specifying standards to be observed in the provision of security services.
  • Administering a system of investigation and adjudication of complaints.
  • Advising the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and keeping the Minister informed of developments that would assist in developing policy.

Sectors regulatedEdit

Door Supervisor, Installer of Electronic Security Equipment, Security Guard. Providers of Protected forms of Transport, Locksmiths, Supplier and Installers of Safes, Private Investigators,[1] and Security Consultants.

These sectors are further divided to include event security and monitoring of intruder alarm and CCTV equipment.


It maintains a register of licensed providers of security services and a register of licensed employees and the services for which they are licensed to provide.


  1. ^ "What is it like to be a private investigator in Ireland?". The Journal. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.

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