Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (163, 190, 202)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

163. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health when Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 will be commenced; the reason for the delay in enactment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7609/18]

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Ruth Coppinger

Question:

190. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health when he plans to commence Parts 3 and 4 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7697/18]

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John Curran

Question:

202. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health when he plans to commence Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7778/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 163, 190 and 202 together.

Officials in my Department are undertaking the work necessary to facilitate the commencement of Parts 2 & 3, including Sections 20 - 23, of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. We are working to resolve a small number of technical issues in order to ensure that the processes associated with Parts 2 & 3 of the Act can be commenced. I hope to be in a position to lay the Regulations before the Houses of the Oireachtas as early as possible in 2018.