Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (119)

Mick Wallace

Question:

119. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the contact he has had with the Department of Justice and Equality regarding the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill; his views on whether this legislation should be proofed against Ireland's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21050/14]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Correspondence from the Department of Justice and Equality regarding the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill was recently received by my Department and officials are currently considering the submission.

I understand that work is ongoing between the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and officials in the Department of Justice and Equality in relation to the Bill and that it will come before Government again later this year. At such time, my Department will have the opportunity to provide observations on the Bill as part of the normal process of interdepartmental consultation on legislation.

Ireland’s obligations as a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are among the considerations that inform a sponsoring department’s preparation of proposed legislation impacting on children. Consideration of the provisions of the Convention in the case of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill is a matter for the Department of Justice and Equality.