Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys publishes Mid-Year Progress Report on Justice Plan 2021


August 12 2021


The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys, T.D., has today published the mid-year progress report on Justice Plan 2021.


Justice Plan 2021, which contains more than 230 actions, is the first in a series of annual plans setting out actions to build justice system that works for everyone.


It also details how the Department of Justice’s goals and ambitions as set out in its Statement of Strategy for the years 2021-2023, A safe, fair and inclusive Ireland, will be achieved.


Commenting on the publication of the report today, Minister Humphreys said:


“We are moving at pace on our ambition to build a justice system that works for everyone, and deliver on our strategic goals and ambitions. I look forward to seeing and feeling the impact of this transformative work on the justice sector and the people who interact with it.


I am pleased to report that of the 132 actions examined, 71% or 93 are achieved.  2021 has not been without its challenges, and it has been necessary to readjust the timelines for some actions but I am confident these will be delivered soon.”



Significant achievements have been made to date across the cross-cutting areas of priority under the Justice Plan. The Department has:




The Mid-Year Progress Report published provides an overview of the progress made in the first half of this year on the cross-cutting areas set out in the Justice Plan. Of the 132 actions and sub-actions examined and reported on in this progress report, over two thirds (71%, 93 actions) are achieved as of the end of Q2. 6 of the actions are categorised as ‘ongoing’ – that is to say that while these actions are on track and no issues are arising, the nature of the action is that work will continue throughout the year to ensure its successful delivery. The remaining 25% (33) of actions are categorised as ‘not yet achieved’.


The plan, which adopts a digital first agenda, commits to:


Minister Humphreys continued


“I commend the enthusiasm and dedication of the Department’s leadership and staff in delivering on this ambitious programme of work which has met many Programme for Government commitments to date.


“This work is making Ireland a safer and fairer place to live, work, visit and do business.


“Justice Plan 2021 is incredibly ambitious and showcases the breadth and complexity of issues my Department is responsible for. We committed to publishing bi-annual progress reports and Government noted this one at its last meeting, which is useful to ensure our work is transparent, measurable and accountable”


A further progress report will be published at the end of the year.





Note to editors:


The full mid-year progress report on Justice Plan 2021 can be read at Department of Justice Action Plan 2021 Mid-Year Progress Report


Justice Plan 2021 can be found at


Other achievements to date: