Where an entertainment for children or any entertainment to which the majority of persons attending are children is provided, the number of children who attend exceeds one hundred, and access to any part of the building in which children are accommodated is by stairs, escalator or lift or other mechanical means, it is the duty of the person who provides the entertainment
- to station, keep stationed wherever necessary a sufficient number of adult attendants, properly instructed as to their duties, so as to prevent more children or more persons being admitted to any such place of the building than that part which can properly accommodate them,
- to control the movement of the children or other persons admitted to such part while entering and leaving, and to take all other reasonable precautions for the safety of the children.
Where the occupier of a building permits, for reward or hire, the building to be used for the purpose of an entertainment, he shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that the above provisions are complied with.
A person who fails to comply with any of the above obligations is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine up to €635 and imprisonment up to six months or both with higher sanctions in the case of subsequent offences.
A member of An Garda Síochána may enter any building in which he or she has reason to believe that entertainment is about to be, or is being provided with a view to confirming whether the provisions of the Act have been complied with. The legislation does not apply to any entertainment given in a private residence.