Pirate Party (Ireland)

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Pirate Party Ireland
FoundedJune 2009 (2009-06)
IdeologyPirate politics
International affiliationNone [1]
http://pirateparty.ie/ (inactive)

The Pirate Party Ireland was an unregistered minor political party in Ireland, modelled on the Swedish Pirate Party. The party was founded in May 2009 after discussions on the Pirate Parties International website and re-founded in April 2012. The Irish party began to gain attention after the official registration of Pirate Party UK.[2][3][4][5][6]


Discussions were started on the Pirate Parties International discussion forum in 2007 relating to setting up an Irish Pirate Party. A small number of people were involved in the talks at the time and little was done apart from some basic planning and writing of a party constitution. In 2009 more people joined the discussions and shortly thereafter the party set up its own website, inititially in the format of a forum.

The party claimed to have exceeded membership of 300 on the 30 May 2010, the minimum required number to register as a political party in the country.[7] However, in the run-up to the 2011 Irish election, the party was not able to hold a national convention in order to fulfill one of the requirements of registration. Interest in the party seemed to wane, the party did not contend in the election and in March 2011 a note was placed on the party website stating it was disbanding.

The Party was re-founded in April 2012 and a new website 'www.pirateparty.ie' was set up and the party has again started to invite new membership and initiated various debates on the party's forum. In June 2012 the Pirate Party of Ireland was removed from the list of Members of the Pirate Parties International by the decision of the PPI's Court of Arbitration, clarifying that the new Pirate Party Ireland is not a continuation of the old one.[8] As of September 2014, the party's website is "down for maintenance", and the party appears to be defunct.

DU Pirate Party is a separate organisation open to Trinity College Dublin (Dublin University) students and staff. The student-led society has been in operation since 2009[9] and has undergone yearly changes in committee.

Pirate Party core principles[edit]

The core principles of the party are:

  • Copyright reform
  • Patent reform
  • Increases in, and protection of, civil liberties
  • Transparent government


  1. ^ "PPI Court Of Arbitration Ruling 2012-4". Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  2. ^ Tighe, Mark (16 August 2009). "Pirate music lovers voice political aims". The Sunday Times.
  3. ^ Kennedy, John (25 August 2009). "Pirate Party hits out at Eircom's plan to block The Pirate Bay". SiliconRepublic.com.
  4. ^ Clarke, Jim (21 June 2009). "Pirate Party to invade Ireland". Sunday Mirror.
  5. ^ Leatham, Sylvia (17 August 2009). "In The Papers 17 August". ENN.ie. Archived from the original on 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  6. ^ "Sweden's swashbucklers". The Irish Times. 9 October 2009.
  7. ^ Galligan, Ed (30 May 2010). "300 Member Milestone – what's next?". Pirate Party Ireland. Archived from the original on 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  8. ^ "PPI Court Of Arbitration Ruling 2012-4". Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  9. ^ Roantree, Stephen (22 April 2009). "DU Pirate Party Recognition". DU Pirate Party.