Practice Relating to Rule 25. Medical Personnel
Section B. Equipment of medical personnel with light individual weapons
Ireland’s Basic LOAC Guide (2005) states: “Medical personnel may be armed with light individual weapons for their own protection and the protection of persons under their care.”
Ireland’s Geneva Conventions Act (1962), as amended in 1998, provides that any “minor breach” of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including violations of Article 19 of the Geneva Convention I and Article 22 of the Geneva Convention II, and of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, including violations of Article 13(2)(a), are punishable offences.