Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Health
Clare Daly (Dublin North, Socialist Party)
Question 608: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the annual costs of promoting and pursuing inter-country adoption in her Department and at the Adoption Authority of Ireland. [8133/12]
Frances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
The Adoption Authority of Ireland was established on 1 November 2010. It is an independent statutory body charged with implementing the Adoption Act, 2010. The Authority has responsibility for the direct operational implementation of legislation and Government policy.
The Adoption Authority is being funded in 2012 from within the Department of Children and Youth Affairs vote. Funding of €3.3 million has been allocated for the current year. Any additional costs to be borne by my Department would be low and would most likely arise as a consequence of a limited number of Ministerial/official visits in relation to intercountry adoption during the year.