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Competition Amendment Act 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006), Ireland

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Details Details Year of Version 2006 Dates Entry into force: March 20, 2006 Adopted: March 11, 2006 Type of Text IP-related Laws Subject Matter Competition Notes The text of the 'Competition Amendment Act 2006' is Oireachtas Copyright material and is reproduced with the permission of the Houses of the Oireachtas (©Government of Ireland).

The Competition Amendment Act 2006 entered into force on March 20, 2006, except its Section 5(2).

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Number 4 of 2006

————————

COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2006

————————
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Section
1. Amendment of Competition Act 2002 by inserting new Part
2A.
2. Amendment of section 30 of Competition Act 2002.
3. Amendment of section 45 of Competition Act 2002.
4. Revocation of Groceries Order.
5. Repeals.
6. Short title, collective citation and commencement.
SCHEDULE
Enactments Repealed
————————

[No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

Acts Referred to

Competition Act 2002

2002, No. 14

Interpretation Act 2005

2005, No. 23

Restrictive Practices Act 1972

1972, No. 11

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1975

1975, No. 15

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1978

1978, No. 11

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1979

1979, No. 14

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1980

1980, No. 19

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1981

1981, No.

4

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1987

1987, No. 23

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1974

1974, No.

4

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1978

1978, No. 12

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1980

1980, No. 38

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1981

1981, No.

7

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1978

1978, No. 31

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1956

1956, No. 15

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1960

1960, No. 20

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1963

1963, No.

6

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1966

1966, No. 11

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1969

1969, No. 28

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1972

1972, No. 18

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1958

1958, No. 31

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1962

1962, No. 16

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1972

1972, No.

8

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

2) Act 1956

1956, No. 16

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

2) Act 1962

1962, No. 30

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

3) Act 1956

1956, No. 33

2

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Number 4 of 2006

————————

COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2006

————————
AN ACT TO AMEND THE COMPETITION ACT 2002 BY PRO­ VIDING, IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMON GOOD, FOR THE PROHIBITION OF ACTIVITIES WHICH PREVENT, RESTRICT OR DISTORT COMPETITION IN TRADE IN GROCERY GOODS IN THE STATE, TO RE­ VOKE THE RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES (GROCERIES) ORDER 1987 AND TO REPEAL THE RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES (CONFIRMATION OF ORDER) ACT 1987
AND OTHER RELATED AND SPENT ACTS.
[11th March, 2006]
BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

1.—The Competition Act 2002 is amended by inserting the follow­

ing Part after Part 2:
“PART 2A
Competition in Grocery Goods Trade

Definitions 15A.—(1) In this Part—

and operation

of this Part.

Amendment of

Competition Act

2002 by inserting new Part 2A.

‘allowance’ includes any discount, rebate, price
concession or other advantage that is collateral to a sale or purchase of grocery goods but is not ap­ plied directly to the selling or purchase price;
‘grocery goods’ means any food or drink for human consumption that is intended to be sold as groceries, and includes—
(a) any substance or thing sold or rep­ resented for use as food or drink for human consumption,
(b) any substance or thing sold or rep­ resented for use as an additive, ingredi­ ent or processing aid in the preparation or production of food or drink for human consumption, and
(c) intoxicating liquors;
3

S.1 [No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

‘grocery goods undertaking’ means, subject to sub­ sections (2) and (3), an undertaking that is en­ gaged for gain in the production, supply or distri­ bution of grocery goods, whether or not the under­ taking is engaged in the direct sale of those goods to the public;
‘retailer’ means a grocery goods undertaking that sells or resells grocery goods directly to the public.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, an under­ taking that produces, supplies or distributes an ad­ ditive, ingredient or processing aid referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘grocery goods’ in subsection (1) is not a grocery goods under­ taking unless the additive, ingredient or processing aid is intended to be sold by a retailer as an addi­ tive, ingredient or processing aid.
(3) Subsection (2) applies only to the extent that the undertaking does not otherwise fall within the definition of ‘grocery goods undertaking’ in subsection (1).
(4) For the avoidance of doubt, this Part does not apply to that part of an undertaking’s oper­ ation the business of which is to do any of the following:
(a) serve or supply food or drink in the co­ urse of providing catering, restaurant or take-away services or any similar hospitality services;
(b) serve or supply intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises.
(5) This Part operates without prejudice to
Part 2.

Anti- competitive conduct in grocery goods trading.

15B.—(1) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not directly or indirectly attempt to compel or coerce another grocery goods undertaking, whether by threat, promise or any like means, to resell or advertise for resale any grocery goods at—
(a) a price fixed directly or indirectly by the first mentioned grocery goods under­ taking, or
(b) a price above a minimum price fixed di­ rectly or indirectly by the first men­ tioned grocery goods undertaking.
(2) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not apply dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with any other grocery goods undertaking.
(3) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not directly or indirectly compel or coerce, whether by threat, promise or any like
4

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S.1
means, another grocery goods undertaking to make any payment or grant any allowance for the advertising or display of grocery goods.
(4) Subject to subsection (5) and without limiting the generality of subsection (3), a retailer shall not directly or indirectly compel or coerce, whether by threat, promise or any like means, another grocery goods undertaking to make any payment or grant any allowance to the retailer in consideration of any of the following matters:
(a) providing space for grocery goods within a new retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after its opening to the public;
(b) providing space for grocery goods within a newly expanded or extended retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after the opening to the public of the expanded or extended part of the outlet;
(c) providing space for grocery goods within a retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after its opening to the public under new ownership.
(5) Conduct described in subsections (1) to (4) shall not be prohibited unless it has as its object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition in trade in any grocery goods in the State or in any part of the State.

Right of action for breach of section 15B.

15C.—(1) Any person who is aggrieved in con­ sequence of any conduct which is prohibited under section 15B shall have a right of action under this subsection for relief against any of the following:
(a) any grocery goods undertaking which is or has at any material time been a party to the prohibited conduct;
(b) any director, manager or other officer of such an undertaking, or a person who purported to act in any such capacity, who authorised or consented to, as the case may be, the prohibited conduct.
(2) The Authority shall have a right of action under this subsection in respect of conduct which is prohibited under section 15B.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), an action under subsection (1) or (2) may be brought in the Circuit Court or in the High Court.
(4) Subsections (4) to (6), (8) and (9) of section
14 apply with the necessary changes for the pur­ poses of an action under subsection (1) or (2) of this section and, for those purposes, a reference in subsections (4) to (6), (8) and (9) of section 14 to
5

S.1 [No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

an action under subsection (1) or (2) of that section is to be read as a reference to an action under subsection (1) or (2) of this section, as the case may be.”.

Amendment of section 30 of Competition Act

2002.

Amendment of section 45 of Competition Act

2002.

Revocation of

Groceries Order.

Repeals.

2.—Section 30(4)(b) of the Competition Act 2002 is amended by substituting “relief under section 14 or 15C” for “relief under section 14”.
3.—Section 45(13)(a) of the Competition Act 2002 is amended by substituting “under section 14 or 15C,” for “under section 14,”.

4.—(1) The Restrictive Practices (Groceries) Order 1987 (S.I. No.

142 of 1987) is revoked.
(2) The revocation of the order under subsection (1) of this section does not—
(a) revive anything not in force or not existing immediately before the revocation,
(b) affect the previous operation of the order or anything duly done or suffered under it or in relation to it,
(c) affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under or in relation to the order,
(d) affect any penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred in respect of any offence against or in relation to or contra­ vention of or in relation to the order which was commit­ ted before the revocation, or
(e) prejudice or affect any legal proceedings (civil or criminal) pending at the time of the revocation in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, offence or con­ travention.
(3) Any legal proceedings (civil or criminal) in respect of—
(a) a right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under or in relation to the order referred to in subsection (1) of this section,
(b) an offence against or in relation to that order, or
(c) a contravention of or in relation to that order,
may be instituted, continued or enforced, and any penalty, forfeiture or punishment in respect of an offence under paragraph (b) of this subsection or a contravention under paragraph (c) of this subsection may be imposed and carried out, as if the order had not been revoked.
(4) This section operates without prejudice to section 27 of the
Interpretation Act 2005.
5.—(1) The enactments referred to in the Schedule to this Act are repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.
6

[2006.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [No. 4.]

(2) In so far as it is unrepealed, the Restrictive Practices Act 1972 is repealed.

6.—(1) This Act may be cited as the Competition (Amendment) Act 2006.

(2) This Act and the Competition Act 2002 may be cited together as the Competition Acts 2002 and 2006.
(3) This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.
SCHEDULE
Enactments Repealed
S.5

Short title, collective citation and commencement.

Section 5(1).

Number and Year

(1)

Short Title

(2)

Extent of Repeal

(3)

No. 15 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1956

The whole Act

No. 16 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1956

The whole Act

No. 33 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1956

The whole Act

No. 31 of 1958

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1958

The whole Act

No. 20 of 1960

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1960

The whole Act

No. 16 of 1962

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1962

The whole Act

No. 30 of 1962

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1962

The whole Act

No. 6 of 1963

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1963

The whole Act

No. 11 of 1966

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1966

The whole Act

No. 28 of 1969

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1969

The whole Act

No. 8 of 1972

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1972

The whole Act

7

Sch. [No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

Number and Year

(1)

Short Title

(2)

Extent of Repeal

(3)

No. 18 of 1972

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1972

The whole Act

No. 4 of 1974

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1974

The whole Act

No. 15 of 1975

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1975

The whole Act

No. 11 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1978

The whole Act

No. 12 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1978

The whole Act

No. 31 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1978

The whole Act

No. 14 of 1979

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1979

The whole Act

No. 19 of 1980

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1980

The whole Act

No. 38 of 1980

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1980

The whole Act

No. 4 of 1981

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1981

The whole Act

No. 7 of 1981

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1981

The whole Act

No. 23 of 1987

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1987

The whole Act

No. 14 of 2002

Competition Act 2002

Section 49

8

Additional Text(s) Relates to (1 text(s)) Relates to (1 text(s)) English Competition (Amendment) Act 2006 (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 127/2006)  


————————

Number 4 of 2006

————————

COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2006

————————
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Section
1. Amendment of Competition Act 2002 by inserting new Part
2A.
2. Amendment of section 30 of Competition Act 2002.
3. Amendment of section 45 of Competition Act 2002.
4. Revocation of Groceries Order.
5. Repeals.
6. Short title, collective citation and commencement.
SCHEDULE
Enactments Repealed
————————

[No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

Acts Referred to

Competition Act 2002

2002, No. 14

Interpretation Act 2005

2005, No. 23

Restrictive Practices Act 1972

1972, No. 11

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1975

1975, No. 15

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1978

1978, No. 11

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1979

1979, No. 14

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1980

1980, No. 19

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1981

1981, No.

4

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1987

1987, No. 23

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1974

1974, No.

4

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1978

1978, No. 12

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1980

1980, No. 38

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1981

1981, No.

7

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1978

1978, No. 31

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1956

1956, No. 15

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1960

1960, No. 20

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1963

1963, No.

6

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1966

1966, No. 11

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1969

1969, No. 28

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1972

1972, No. 18

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1958

1958, No. 31

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1962

1962, No. 16

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1972

1972, No.

8

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

2) Act 1956

1956, No. 16

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

2) Act 1962

1962, No. 30

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

3) Act 1956

1956, No. 33

2

————————

Number 4 of 2006

————————

COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2006

————————
AN ACT TO AMEND THE COMPETITION ACT 2002 BY PRO­ VIDING, IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMON GOOD, FOR THE PROHIBITION OF ACTIVITIES WHICH PREVENT, RESTRICT OR DISTORT COMPETITION IN TRADE IN GROCERY GOODS IN THE STATE, TO RE­ VOKE THE RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES (GROCERIES) ORDER 1987 AND TO REPEAL THE RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES (CONFIRMATION OF ORDER) ACT 1987
AND OTHER RELATED AND SPENT ACTS.
[11th March, 2006]
BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

1.—The Competition Act 2002 is amended by inserting the follow­

ing Part after Part 2:
“PART 2A
Competition in Grocery Goods Trade

Definitions 15A.—(1) In this Part—

and operation

of this Part.

Amendment of

Competition Act

2002 by inserting new Part 2A.

‘allowance’ includes any discount, rebate, price
concession or other advantage that is collateral to a sale or purchase of grocery goods but is not ap­ plied directly to the selling or purchase price;
‘grocery goods’ means any food or drink for human consumption that is intended to be sold as groceries, and includes—
(a) any substance or thing sold or rep­ resented for use as food or drink for human consumption,
(b) any substance or thing sold or rep­ resented for use as an additive, ingredi­ ent or processing aid in the preparation or production of food or drink for human consumption, and
(c) intoxicating liquors;
3

S.1 [No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

‘grocery goods undertaking’ means, subject to sub­ sections (2) and (3), an undertaking that is en­ gaged for gain in the production, supply or distri­ bution of grocery goods, whether or not the under­ taking is engaged in the direct sale of those goods to the public;
‘retailer’ means a grocery goods undertaking that sells or resells grocery goods directly to the public.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, an under­ taking that produces, supplies or distributes an ad­ ditive, ingredient or processing aid referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘grocery goods’ in subsection (1) is not a grocery goods under­ taking unless the additive, ingredient or processing aid is intended to be sold by a retailer as an addi­ tive, ingredient or processing aid.
(3) Subsection (2) applies only to the extent that the undertaking does not otherwise fall within the definition of ‘grocery goods undertaking’ in subsection (1).
(4) For the avoidance of doubt, this Part does not apply to that part of an undertaking’s oper­ ation the business of which is to do any of the following:
(a) serve or supply food or drink in the co­ urse of providing catering, restaurant or take-away services or any similar hospitality services;
(b) serve or supply intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises.
(5) This Part operates without prejudice to
Part 2.

Anti- competitive conduct in grocery goods trading.

15B.—(1) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not directly or indirectly attempt to compel or coerce another grocery goods undertaking, whether by threat, promise or any like means, to resell or advertise for resale any grocery goods at—
(a) a price fixed directly or indirectly by the first mentioned grocery goods under­ taking, or
(b) a price above a minimum price fixed di­ rectly or indirectly by the first men­ tioned grocery goods undertaking.
(2) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not apply dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with any other grocery goods undertaking.
(3) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not directly or indirectly compel or coerce, whether by threat, promise or any like
4

[2006.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [No. 4.]

S.1
means, another grocery goods undertaking to make any payment or grant any allowance for the advertising or display of grocery goods.
(4) Subject to subsection (5) and without limiting the generality of subsection (3), a retailer shall not directly or indirectly compel or coerce, whether by threat, promise or any like means, another grocery goods undertaking to make any payment or grant any allowance to the retailer in consideration of any of the following matters:
(a) providing space for grocery goods within a new retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after its opening to the public;
(b) providing space for grocery goods within a newly expanded or extended retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after the opening to the public of the expanded or extended part of the outlet;
(c) providing space for grocery goods within a retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after its opening to the public under new ownership.
(5) Conduct described in subsections (1) to (4) shall not be prohibited unless it has as its object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition in trade in any grocery goods in the State or in any part of the State.

Right of action for breach of section 15B.

15C.—(1) Any person who is aggrieved in con­ sequence of any conduct which is prohibited under section 15B shall have a right of action under this subsection for relief against any of the following:
(a) any grocery goods undertaking which is or has at any material time been a party to the prohibited conduct;
(b) any director, manager or other officer of such an undertaking, or a person who purported to act in any such capacity, who authorised or consented to, as the case may be, the prohibited conduct.
(2) The Authority shall have a right of action under this subsection in respect of conduct which is prohibited under section 15B.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), an action under subsection (1) or (2) may be brought in the Circuit Court or in the High Court.
(4) Subsections (4) to (6), (8) and (9) of section
14 apply with the necessary changes for the pur­ poses of an action under subsection (1) or (2) of this section and, for those purposes, a reference in subsections (4) to (6), (8) and (9) of section 14 to
5

S.1 [No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

an action under subsection (1) or (2) of that section is to be read as a reference to an action under subsection (1) or (2) of this section, as the case may be.”.

Amendment of section 30 of Competition Act

2002.

Amendment of section 45 of Competition Act

2002.

Revocation of

Groceries Order.

Repeals.

2.—Section 30(4)(b) of the Competition Act 2002 is amended by substituting “relief under section 14 or 15C” for “relief under section 14”.
3.—Section 45(13)(a) of the Competition Act 2002 is amended by substituting “under section 14 or 15C,” for “under section 14,”.

4.—(1) The Restrictive Practices (Groceries) Order 1987 (S.I. No.

142 of 1987) is revoked.
(2) The revocation of the order under subsection (1) of this section does not—
(a) revive anything not in force or not existing immediately before the revocation,
(b) affect the previous operation of the order or anything duly done or suffered under it or in relation to it,
(c) affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under or in relation to the order,
(d) affect any penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred in respect of any offence against or in relation to or contra­ vention of or in relation to the order which was commit­ ted before the revocation, or
(e) prejudice or affect any legal proceedings (civil or criminal) pending at the time of the revocation in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, offence or con­ travention.
(3) Any legal proceedings (civil or criminal) in respect of—
(a) a right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under or in relation to the order referred to in subsection (1) of this section,
(b) an offence against or in relation to that order, or
(c) a contravention of or in relation to that order,
may be instituted, continued or enforced, and any penalty, forfeiture or punishment in respect of an offence under paragraph (b) of this subsection or a contravention under paragraph (c) of this subsection may be imposed and carried out, as if the order had not been revoked.
(4) This section operates without prejudice to section 27 of the
Interpretation Act 2005.
5.—(1) The enactments referred to in the Schedule to this Act are repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.
6

[2006.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [No. 4.]

(2) In so far as it is unrepealed, the Restrictive Practices Act 1972 is repealed.

6.—(1) This Act may be cited as the Competition (Amendment) Act 2006.

(2) This Act and the Competition Act 2002 may be cited together as the Competition Acts 2002 and 2006.
(3) This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.
SCHEDULE
Enactments Repealed
S.5

Short title, collective citation and commencement.

Section 5(1).

Number and Year

(1)

Short Title

(2)

Extent of Repeal

(3)

No. 15 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1956

The whole Act

No. 16 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1956

The whole Act

No. 33 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1956

The whole Act

No. 31 of 1958

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1958

The whole Act

No. 20 of 1960

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1960

The whole Act

No. 16 of 1962

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1962

The whole Act

No. 30 of 1962

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1962

The whole Act

No. 6 of 1963

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1963

The whole Act

No. 11 of 1966

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1966

The whole Act

No. 28 of 1969

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1969

The whole Act

No. 8 of 1972

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1972

The whole Act

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Number and Year

(1)

Short Title

(2)

Extent of Repeal

(3)

No. 18 of 1972

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1972

The whole Act

No. 4 of 1974

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1974

The whole Act

No. 15 of 1975

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1975

The whole Act

No. 11 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1978

The whole Act

No. 12 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1978

The whole Act

No. 31 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1978

The whole Act

No. 14 of 1979

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1979

The whole Act

No. 19 of 1980

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1980

The whole Act

No. 38 of 1980

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1980

The whole Act

No. 4 of 1981

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1981

The whole Act

No. 7 of 1981

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1981

The whole Act

No. 23 of 1987

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1987

The whole Act

No. 14 of 2002

Competition Act 2002

Section 49

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Number 4 of 2006

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COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2006

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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Section
1. Amendment of Competition Act 2002 by inserting new Part
2A.
2. Amendment of section 30 of Competition Act 2002.
3. Amendment of section 45 of Competition Act 2002.
4. Revocation of Groceries Order.
5. Repeals.
6. Short title, collective citation and commencement.
SCHEDULE
Enactments Repealed
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[No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

Acts Referred to

Competition Act 2002

2002, No. 14

Interpretation Act 2005

2005, No. 23

Restrictive Practices Act 1972

1972, No. 11

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1975

1975, No. 15

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1978

1978, No. 11

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1979

1979, No. 14

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1980

1980, No. 19

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1981

1981, No.

4

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1987

1987, No. 23

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1974

1974, No.

4

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1978

1978, No. 12

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1980

1980, No. 38

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1981

1981, No.

7

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1978

1978, No. 31

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1956

1956, No. 15

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1960

1960, No. 20

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1963

1963, No.

6

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1966

1966, No. 11

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1969

1969, No. 28

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act

1972

1972, No. 18

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1958

1958, No. 31

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1962

1962, No. 16

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act

1972

1972, No.

8

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

2) Act 1956

1956, No. 16

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

2) Act 1962

1962, No. 30

Restrictive Trade Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No.

3) Act 1956

1956, No. 33

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Number 4 of 2006

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COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2006

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AN ACT TO AMEND THE COMPETITION ACT 2002 BY PRO­ VIDING, IN THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMON GOOD, FOR THE PROHIBITION OF ACTIVITIES WHICH PREVENT, RESTRICT OR DISTORT COMPETITION IN TRADE IN GROCERY GOODS IN THE STATE, TO RE­ VOKE THE RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES (GROCERIES) ORDER 1987 AND TO REPEAL THE RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES (CONFIRMATION OF ORDER) ACT 1987
AND OTHER RELATED AND SPENT ACTS.
[11th March, 2006]
BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

1.—The Competition Act 2002 is amended by inserting the follow­

ing Part after Part 2:
“PART 2A
Competition in Grocery Goods Trade

Definitions 15A.—(1) In this Part—

and operation

of this Part.

Amendment of

Competition Act

2002 by inserting new Part 2A.

‘allowance’ includes any discount, rebate, price
concession or other advantage that is collateral to a sale or purchase of grocery goods but is not ap­ plied directly to the selling or purchase price;
‘grocery goods’ means any food or drink for human consumption that is intended to be sold as groceries, and includes—
(a) any substance or thing sold or rep­ resented for use as food or drink for human consumption,
(b) any substance or thing sold or rep­ resented for use as an additive, ingredi­ ent or processing aid in the preparation or production of food or drink for human consumption, and
(c) intoxicating liquors;
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‘grocery goods undertaking’ means, subject to sub­ sections (2) and (3), an undertaking that is en­ gaged for gain in the production, supply or distri­ bution of grocery goods, whether or not the under­ taking is engaged in the direct sale of those goods to the public;
‘retailer’ means a grocery goods undertaking that sells or resells grocery goods directly to the public.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, an under­ taking that produces, supplies or distributes an ad­ ditive, ingredient or processing aid referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘grocery goods’ in subsection (1) is not a grocery goods under­ taking unless the additive, ingredient or processing aid is intended to be sold by a retailer as an addi­ tive, ingredient or processing aid.
(3) Subsection (2) applies only to the extent that the undertaking does not otherwise fall within the definition of ‘grocery goods undertaking’ in subsection (1).
(4) For the avoidance of doubt, this Part does not apply to that part of an undertaking’s oper­ ation the business of which is to do any of the following:
(a) serve or supply food or drink in the co­ urse of providing catering, restaurant or take-away services or any similar hospitality services;
(b) serve or supply intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises.
(5) This Part operates without prejudice to
Part 2.

Anti- competitive conduct in grocery goods trading.

15B.—(1) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not directly or indirectly attempt to compel or coerce another grocery goods undertaking, whether by threat, promise or any like means, to resell or advertise for resale any grocery goods at—
(a) a price fixed directly or indirectly by the first mentioned grocery goods under­ taking, or
(b) a price above a minimum price fixed di­ rectly or indirectly by the first men­ tioned grocery goods undertaking.
(2) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not apply dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with any other grocery goods undertaking.
(3) Subject to subsection (5), a grocery goods undertaking shall not directly or indirectly compel or coerce, whether by threat, promise or any like
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means, another grocery goods undertaking to make any payment or grant any allowance for the advertising or display of grocery goods.
(4) Subject to subsection (5) and without limiting the generality of subsection (3), a retailer shall not directly or indirectly compel or coerce, whether by threat, promise or any like means, another grocery goods undertaking to make any payment or grant any allowance to the retailer in consideration of any of the following matters:
(a) providing space for grocery goods within a new retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after its opening to the public;
(b) providing space for grocery goods within a newly expanded or extended retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after the opening to the public of the expanded or extended part of the outlet;
(c) providing space for grocery goods within a retail outlet on or within the first 60 days after its opening to the public under new ownership.
(5) Conduct described in subsections (1) to (4) shall not be prohibited unless it has as its object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition in trade in any grocery goods in the State or in any part of the State.

Right of action for breach of section 15B.

15C.—(1) Any person who is aggrieved in con­ sequence of any conduct which is prohibited under section 15B shall have a right of action under this subsection for relief against any of the following:
(a) any grocery goods undertaking which is or has at any material time been a party to the prohibited conduct;
(b) any director, manager or other officer of such an undertaking, or a person who purported to act in any such capacity, who authorised or consented to, as the case may be, the prohibited conduct.
(2) The Authority shall have a right of action under this subsection in respect of conduct which is prohibited under section 15B.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), an action under subsection (1) or (2) may be brought in the Circuit Court or in the High Court.
(4) Subsections (4) to (6), (8) and (9) of section
14 apply with the necessary changes for the pur­ poses of an action under subsection (1) or (2) of this section and, for those purposes, a reference in subsections (4) to (6), (8) and (9) of section 14 to
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an action under subsection (1) or (2) of that section is to be read as a reference to an action under subsection (1) or (2) of this section, as the case may be.”.

Amendment of section 30 of Competition Act

2002.

Amendment of section 45 of Competition Act

2002.

Revocation of

Groceries Order.

Repeals.

2.—Section 30(4)(b) of the Competition Act 2002 is amended by substituting “relief under section 14 or 15C” for “relief under section 14”.
3.—Section 45(13)(a) of the Competition Act 2002 is amended by substituting “under section 14 or 15C,” for “under section 14,”.

4.—(1) The Restrictive Practices (Groceries) Order 1987 (S.I. No.

142 of 1987) is revoked.
(2) The revocation of the order under subsection (1) of this section does not—
(a) revive anything not in force or not existing immediately before the revocation,
(b) affect the previous operation of the order or anything duly done or suffered under it or in relation to it,
(c) affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under or in relation to the order,
(d) affect any penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred in respect of any offence against or in relation to or contra­ vention of or in relation to the order which was commit­ ted before the revocation, or
(e) prejudice or affect any legal proceedings (civil or criminal) pending at the time of the revocation in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, offence or con­ travention.
(3) Any legal proceedings (civil or criminal) in respect of—
(a) a right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under or in relation to the order referred to in subsection (1) of this section,
(b) an offence against or in relation to that order, or
(c) a contravention of or in relation to that order,
may be instituted, continued or enforced, and any penalty, forfeiture or punishment in respect of an offence under paragraph (b) of this subsection or a contravention under paragraph (c) of this subsection may be imposed and carried out, as if the order had not been revoked.
(4) This section operates without prejudice to section 27 of the
Interpretation Act 2005.
5.—(1) The enactments referred to in the Schedule to this Act are repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.
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(2) In so far as it is unrepealed, the Restrictive Practices Act 1972 is repealed.

6.—(1) This Act may be cited as the Competition (Amendment) Act 2006.

(2) This Act and the Competition Act 2002 may be cited together as the Competition Acts 2002 and 2006.
(3) This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.
SCHEDULE
Enactments Repealed
S.5

Short title, collective citation and commencement.

Section 5(1).

Number and Year

(1)

Short Title

(2)

Extent of Repeal

(3)

No. 15 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1956

The whole Act

No. 16 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1956

The whole Act

No. 33 of 1956

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1956

The whole Act

No. 31 of 1958

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1958

The whole Act

No. 20 of 1960

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1960

The whole Act

No. 16 of 1962

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1962

The whole Act

No. 30 of 1962

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1962

The whole Act

No. 6 of 1963

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1963

The whole Act

No. 11 of 1966

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1966

The whole Act

No. 28 of 1969

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1969

The whole Act

No. 8 of 1972

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1972

The whole Act

7

Sch. [No. 4.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2006. [2006.]

Number and Year

(1)

Short Title

(2)

Extent of Repeal

(3)

No. 18 of 1972

Restrictive Trade Prac­ tices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1972

The whole Act

No. 4 of 1974

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Orders) Act 1974

The whole Act

No. 15 of 1975

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1975

The whole Act

No. 11 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1978

The whole Act

No. 12 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1978

The whole Act

No. 31 of 1978

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 3) Act

1978

The whole Act

No. 14 of 1979

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1979

The whole Act

No. 19 of 1980

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1980

The whole Act

No. 38 of 1980

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1980

The whole Act

No. 4 of 1981

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1981

The whole Act

No. 7 of 1981

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) (No. 2) Act

1981

The whole Act

No. 23 of 1987

Restrictive Practices (Confirmation of Order) Act 1987

The whole Act

No. 14 of 2002

Competition Act 2002

Section 49

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