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Test your knowledge on legal minimum ages.


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Prove your knowledge on the law in Ireland with these 8 questions.

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Q1. What is the age at which you consent to medical treatment on your own?

Correct!

Yep. Young people of 16 or over can consent to treatment on their own behalf.

However, if a patient between 16 and 18 refuses to consent to treatment against medical advice and parental wishes, it is unclear what this means legally and legal advice may need to be sought.

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Young people of 16 or over can consent to treatment on their own behalf. Click here for more information.

A refusal of treatment by a patient between 16 and 18 years which is against medical advice and parental wishes is of uncertain legal validity. Consideration should be given to seeking legal advice if this situation arises.

Q2. What is the minimum age you can join An Garda Síochána at?

Correct!

Incorrect.

Q3. What is the age of sexual consent in Ireland?

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The age of consent in the Republic of Ireland is 17. The age of consent in Northern Ireland is 16.

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The age of consent in the Republic of Ireland is 17. The age of consent in Northern Ireland is 16. For more information on consent and what it is, click here.

Q4. What age do you have to be to run for national election?

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​Yes! You can also stand for local election at age 18 and run for president at age 35.

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You can stand for local election at age 18, national election at age 21 and run for president at age 35.

Q5. What is the minimum age you must be to start working in any capacity?

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Correct! Find out more info about u18 work rights here.

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At age 14 you can work up to 7 hours per day (35 hours per week) during school holidays only.At age 15 you can work up to 8 hours per week during term-time and up to 7 hours per day (35 hours per week) during school holidays.
At age 16 you can work up to 8 hours per day (40 hours per week).

Find out more info about u18 work rights here.

Q6. What is the minimum legal age you can own a dog at?

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Correct! But there is no minimum age to keep other pets as no licence is required.

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You must be 16 to have a dog licence to keep a dog. There’s no minimum age to keep other pets as no licence is required.

Q7. What is the minimum legal age that you can get a tattoo at?

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​Correct. However, many tattoo shops will refuse to tattoo anyone under the age of 18, or anyone 16+ who does not have a parent or guardian with them.

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There is no legal minimum age. However, many tattoo shops will refuse to tattoo anyone under the age of 18, or anyone 16+ who does not have a parent or guardian with them.

Q8. What is the legal minimum age you need to be to babysit?

Correct!

Incorrect.

​There is no legal minimum age you have to be to babysit.

So, how did you do?

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Published April 1st2016
Last updated June 22nd2018
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