Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2527)

Catherine Connolly


2527. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of reviews carried out by her Department pursuant to Standing Order 164A of Dáil Éireann; the pieces of legislation to which each review refers; the number and title of each piece of legislation in respect of which a review pursuant to Standing Order 164A has not been undertaken; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31624/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Post-enactment reports (pursuant to Standing Order 164A) relating to two pieces of primary legislation have been carried out by my Department.

A report on the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017(No.19) was laid before the Houses on 18th July 2018 and a report on the Children First Act 2015 (No. 36) was laid on 25th April 2018.

While the Childcare Support Act 2018 was enacted on 2nd July 2018, the majority of the provisions of the Act remain un-commenced at this stage. In that context, a review of the functioning of the Act has not yet been undertaken. In accordance with the section 26 of the Act, my Department will conduct a review of the operation of the Scheme 12 months after the first payment under the Scheme.

The following table shows the legislation enacted by my Department prior to the passing of Standing Order 164A (June 2016) where no reviews have been undertaken.

Act Number

Primary Legislation enacted by DCYA

No. 45 of 2015

Child Care (Amendment) Act 2015

No. 30 of 2015

Children (Amendment) Act 2015

No. 5 of 2013

Child Care (Amendment) Act 2013

No. 44 of 2013

Adoption (Amendment) Act 2013

No. 40 of 2013

Child and Family Agency Act 2013


Thirty-first Amendment of the Constitution Act 2012

No. 19 of 2011

Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011