That, pursuant to Standing Order 198, the Registration of Wills Bill 2016 [Seanad], which lapsed on the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil, shall be restored to the Order Paper at Second Stage.
I rise to restore this important and eagerly awaited Bill, which has been in gestation since 2005. In restoring the Registration of Wills Bill 2016, I commend and thank former Senator Terry Leyden for all his hard work in trying to seek to get this Bill passed over the past 16 years. The Registration of Wills Bill 2016 passed all Stages in the Seanad during the previous term, with the support of my colleagues, Senators Clifford-Lee and Catherine Ardagh. The Bill tries to extend the civil registration to ensure that wills created are not lost and are easily accessible. Approximately 30,000 people die each year in Ireland and only 10,000 of their estates go to probate. This is an important Bill, and I ask the House to support it.