Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Health
Derek Keating (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
Question 444: To ask the Minister for Health the progress made in establishing her new Department; if a Secretary General has been appointed; when she will assume full responsibility for child protection, child welfare and the development of youth services nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17171/11]
Frances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs was established on the 2nd June 2011. A wide range of functions relating to the role of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, including functions relating the development of youth services, have already been transferred to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs under a Transfer of Functions Order made under the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1939. For the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to have full responsibility for child protection and child welfare requires primary legislation which will be effected by way of a proposed amendment to the Child Care (Amendment) Bill which is currently before the Dail, and a further transfer of Functions Order will be effected as soon as possible thereafter to transfer the Child Care Acts to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Interviews have been held to fill the post of Secretary General and the Government will make a decision on this shortly.