Law Business Research: The Public Competition Enforcement Review 2011 – Ireland chapter


Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in The Public Competition Enforcement Review – Third Edition, (published in June 2011 – editor Shaun Goodman). For further information please email

The Irish Competition Authority (‘the Authority’) is responsible for enforcing Irish and EC competition law within Ireland. To carry out its enforcement function, the Authority is organised along six divisional lines, which correspond to the Authority’s areas of activity.  Each division is headed by one of the members of the Authority.

During the course of 2010, the Authority was lead by four members, three of whom were on temporary six-month contracts. In early 2011, the fourth member announced his decision to leave the Authority. This upheaval in the leadership of the Authority as well as other departures at a lower level affected its allocation of resources and workload throughout 2010. Notwithstanding this, its strategy remains focused on cartel detection.

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