Written answers

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Commencement of Legislation

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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732. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17439/21]

Roderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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The following Acts contain provisions for which my Department has responsibility but which have not yet been commenced :

Children (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 45 of 2015)

Section 6(88b), section 8, section 9, section 10, section 16, section 18, section 19 and section 26 of the Children (Amendment) Act 2015 have not yet been commenced as alternative policy proposals for the remission of children's sentences are currently under consideration.

Assisted Decision Making Act 2015 (No. 64 of 2015):

A number of sections of the Assisted Decision Making Act 2015 have been commenced as follows:

- Part 1, other than sections 3, 4, and 7, and Part 9, other than section 96, section 102 and Chapter 3 were commenced by the Minister for Justice and Equality on 12th October 2016 (S.I. No. 515 of 2016).

- The definition of “Minister” in section 82; the definitions of “code of practice” and “working group” in section 91(1); and section 91(2) were commenced by the Minister for Health on 13th October 2016 (S.I. No. 517 of 2016).

- Section 91 was commenced by the Minister for Health on 13th December 2018 (S.I. No. 527 of 2018).

- Section 7(1) was commenced by the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on 27th January 2021 (S.I. No. 24 of 2021).

It is intended to commence remaining sections of the Act in 2022.

Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 (No. 11 of 2016)

Section 2 and section 31 of the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 have not been commenced. It is intended to commence these provisions in the near future.

Parent's Leave and Benefit Act 2019 (No. 35 of 2019)

Section 2 and section 29 of the Parent's Leave and Benefit Act 2019 have not been commenced. It is intended to commence these provisions in the near future.

Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2021 (No. 4 of 2021)

The Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2021 was signed into law by the President on 27th March 2021 and a Commencement Order (SI 148 of 2021) was signed on 30th March 2021 to give effect to the commencement of all Parts of the Act (other than Parts 4 and 9 which are the responsibility of the Ministers for Social Protection and Justice respectively) from 1st April 2021.

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