Practice Relating to Rule 7. The Principle of Distinction between Civilian Objects and Military Objectives
Section C. Attacks against civilian objects in general
Ireland’s Basic LOAC Guide (2005) states: “Prohibited targets include … civilian objects not being used for military purposes.”
The manual also states: “The prohibition of attacks on … civilian property includes all attacks whether committed in offence or defence.”
Under Ireland’s Geneva Conventions Act (1962), as amended in 1998, any “minor breach” of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, including violations of Article 52(1), is a punishable offence.