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Legislation Programme 2015

Children (Amendment) Bill 2015

The main purpose of the proposed  legislation is to enable the amalgamation of the three children detention schools in Oberstown, Lusk Co. Dublin and to provide for the necessary legal changes required to end the detention of children in adult detention facilities.

In addition, the legislation aims to provide for a system of remission in the children detention schools and to clarify the legal status of children who have been convicted of a summary offence and reach the age of 18 in a children detention school.

The General Schemes to provide for the various amendments were approved by Government in April 2013 and September 2014. The Bill incorporating both General Schemes is currently being drafted and is expected to be published Spring 2015.


Draft General Scheme Children (Amendment) Bill 2014

Draft General Scheme Children (Amendment) Bill 2013


Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015

The main purpose of the proposed legislation is to strengthen the legislative provisions for aftercare by amending the Child Care Act 1991 to place a statutory duty on the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) to prepare an aftercare plan for an eligible child or eligible young person.

The General Scheme was subjected to the pre-legislative scrutiny process by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children and the Heads were subsequently revised to incorporate some of the recommendations contained in the Committee's report.

The revised General Scheme was approved by Government in December 2014 and the drafting process is underway. The Bill is expected to be published in Spring 2015.


Adoption (Tracing and Information) Bill

The main purpose of the proposed legislation is to provide for the Adoption Authority to have responsibility for safeguarding and maintenance of all adoption records in the State and for ensuring that access to those records is provided to an adopted person or birth parent in accordance with the Bill.

The legislation will provide for an Information and Tracing Service to applicants seeking information about adoption.


Legislation Relevant to the Department



Restatements and Revision of Acts

A restated or revised Act is an administrative consolidation of that Act. It brings together in a single text all amendments and changes to an Act, making the law more accessible for all users.

The Statute Law (Restatement) Act 2002 provides that the Attorney General may certify the text of a restatement, which allows it to be used as prima facie evidence of the law in question.  The Law Reform Commission has prepared a body of restatements under its two programmes of restatement and it intends to ensure that this work is maintained up-to-date on an ongoing basis. Because it may not be practicable to have each update certified, the Commission is making available uncertified restatements and will refer to these as Revised Acts. The term Revised Acts is often used in other states, such as Australia and New Zealand to describe such administrative consolidations of Acts. (Source Law Reform Commission)

For more information on the programme of restatements see the Law Reform Commission.

Acts which are relevant to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs which have been restated or revised by the Law Reform Commission are listed below:

Copies of these are available on the Law Reform Commission’s alphabetical list of restatements and revised acts (acts as amended) has been prepared by the Law Reform Commission and may be accessed here.

Please note that these documents are restated or revised up to a particular date which is indicated. The documents do not include any amendments which have been made to the Acts after that date.




Revised Acts


The Irish Statute Book (eISB)

The electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB) is produced by the Office of the Attorney General and includes Acts of the Oireachtas, Statutory Instruments and the Legislation Directory, which can be accessed on their website.

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