If you have a criminal conviction, and you are studying (or considering studying) toward a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector (including teaching or providing youth services) working directly with children, you will need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field.
This is because new legislation, the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014, will prevent state sector agencies and government-funded service providers from hiring people with convictions for "specified offences" to work with children in some roles. The restrictions are planned to come into effect on 1 July 2015.
You can read the list of specified offences online here
You can get more information (including FAQ's) here
This information has been supplied by the Children's Action Plan Directorate and the Tertiary Education Commission.