Dáil debates

Thursday, 1 April 2021

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


1:30 pm

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I also want to thank the Minister for the amendments. Section 252 of the Children Act caused a lot of turmoil for many families and people across the State over the past number of months, in particular. While advocating on behalf of everyone involved, we also need to put as much power as possible back in the hands of courts and judges to make the correct decision in the appropriate circumstances before them. I think that is what these amendments try to do. I welcome them and will support them. It is a good piece of work to get the Bill through the Houses so fast. I commend the Minister and everyone involved, from Opposition and Government, on trying to resolve the situation and get it sorted out so quickly.


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