Dáil debates

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages


1:20 pm

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I welcome this amendment and thank the Minister for taking on board people's concerns in this House and in the Upper House.

The Bill is striking a balance between what we want, namely, the disclosure of the name of a deceased child where it is in the interests of the family and public for that to happen while at the same time not removing the discretion of a court to make a determination in circumstances where that might not be the case. In the three instances outlined by the Minister, she struck a fair and good balance, and I thank her for that. I certainly will be supportive of the amendments.


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