Bill entitled an Act to amend the Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964, by providing a mechanism for and relating to the recognition of natural fathers as guardians, for the taking into account of the wishes of children in guardianship, custody and access decisions affecting their welfare, and for the safeguarding of the interests of children, including their representation, in certain court proceedings; and relating to the giving of evidence in civil proceedings by children by means of television links and through intermediaries and the admissibility of and weight to be given to such evidence; and to amend the Civil Legal Aid Act, 1995, the Courts (No. 2) Act, 1986, the Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act, 1989, the Child Care Act, 1991, and the Family law (Maintenance of Spouses and Children) Act, 1976, and for related purposes

Last updated: 9 Dec 1997

Sponsored by: Minister for Equality and Law Reform

Source: Government

Originating House: Dáil Éireann

History of this Act

The Bill has been signed into law by the President

9 Dec 1997

Dáil Éireann
Seanad Éireann
  • Dáil First Stage

    30 Sep 1997

    Dáil First Stage

    The Bill is initiated or presented to the House

    30 Sep 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil Second Stage

    30 Sep 1997

    Dáil Second Stage

    The general principles of the Bill are debated

    30 Sep 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil Third Stage

    22 Oct 1997

    Dáil Third Stage

    The Bill is examined section by section and amendments may be made (Also known as Committee Stage)

    22 Oct 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil Fourth Stage

    3 Dec 1997

    Dáil Fourth Stage

    Amendments arising out of Committee Stage are considered (Also known as Report Stage)

    3 Dec 1997

    Completed

  • Dáil Fifth Stage

    5 Nov 1997

    Dáil Fifth Stage

    Final statements on the Bill are made and it is set down for Second Stage in the Seanad (Also known as Final Stage)

    5 Nov 1997

    Completed

  • Seanad First Stage

    n/a

    Seanad First Stage

    The Bill is deemed to have passed Seanad First Stage

    n/a

    Completed

  • Seanad Second Stage

    19 Nov 1997

    Seanad Second Stage

    The general principles of the Bill are debated

    19 Nov 1997

    Completed

  • Seanad Third Stage

    20 Nov 1997

    Seanad Third Stage

    The Bill is examined section by section and amendments may be made (Also known as Committee Stage)

    20 Nov 1997

    Completed

  • Seanad Fourth Stage

    20 Nov 1997

    Seanad Fourth Stage

    Amendments arising out of Committee Stage are considered (Also known as Report Stage)

    20 Nov 1997

    Completed

  • Seanad Fifth Stage

    20 Nov 1997

    Seanad Fifth Stage

    Final statements on the Bill are made (Also known as Final Stage)

    20 Nov 1997

    Completed

  • Enacted

    9 Dec 1997

    Enacted

    The Bill is signed into law by the President

    9 Dec 1997

    Completed

 

9 Dec 1997

Children Act 1997

Debates

3 Dec 1997

Dáil Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Amendments from the Seanad.

20 Nov 1997

Seanad Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Committee and Remaining Stages.

19 Nov 1997

Seanad Éireann

Private Business. - Children Bill, 1997: Second Stage (Resumed).

19 Nov 1997

Seanad Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Second Stage.

5 Nov 1997

Dáil Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Report and Final Stages.

22 Oct 1997

Dáil Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Committee Stage (Resumed).

22 Oct 1997

Dáil Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Committee Stage.

2 Oct 1997

Dáil Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Second Stage (Resumed).

1 Oct 1997

Dáil Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Second Stage.

30 Sep 1997

Dáil Éireann

Children Bill, 1997: Motion.