Protection of Life and Property in Certain Parts of Ireland Act 1871

The Protection of Life and Property in certain parts of Ireland Act 1871[1] or Protection of Life and Property (Ireland) Act 1871 (34 & 35 Vict c 25) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was one element of the special emergency legislation that had been applied to Ireland by Westminster during the 19th and 20th Centuries.[2] The Act was also known as the Westmeath Act[3]

The Act permitted the arrest and detention without trial of persons reasonably suspected of membership in a secret society and effectively suspended habeas corpus in Ireland.[2]


  1. ^ This short title was conferred on this Act by section 1 of this Act.
  2. ^ a b Human Rights; Taylor & Francis Group
  3. ^ A New History of Ireland; Theodore William Moody & Francis Xavier Martin; ISBN 0-19-821744-7