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Court Poor Box System.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 5 October 2004

Tuesday, 5 October 2004

Ceisteanna (289, 290)

Brian O'Shea

Ceist:

408 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on whether the funds from the court poor box should be disbursed by the Dormant Accounts Fund Disbursement Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23187/04]

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Brian O'Shea

Ceist:

409 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his proposals to transfer the disbursement of funds from the court poor box from the Judiciary to a Government Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23188/04]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 408 and 409 together.

The Law Reform Commission published a consultation paper in March 2004 with regard to this matter. In the paper, the commission put forward a number of provisional recommendations as to how the court poor box system might be reformed. I understand that the commission invited submissions from interested parties by 30 September 2004 and that the commission will publish a report containing its final recommendations when the consultation process is complete. I will await the commission's final recommendations before deciding on how the court poor box system should be reformed.

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