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Relevant  Legislation



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.

More about restatement and revision of Acts


Legislation Programme 2014

Name of proposed Bill

 Purpose of proposed Bill

Children (Amendment) Bill 2014

This Bill will amalgamate the children detention schools in the interests of cost/administrative efficiencies and the public interest. It will also provide for remission in children detention schools and a

number of technical amendments which will improve the workability of certain provisions. It will also incorporate a number of amendments to various pieces of legislation to remove references to the

detention of children in adult institutions. The General Schemes to provide for the various amendments were approved by Government in April 2013 and September 2014.


Draft General Scheme Children (Amendment) Bill 2014

Draft General Scheme Children (Amendment) Bill 2013



Child Care (Amendment) 

Bill 2014

This Bill will strengthen the legislative provisions for aftercare by amending the Child Care Act 1991 to place a statutory duty on the Child and Family Agency to prepare an aftercare plan for each eligible child.

The General Scheme was referred to the joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children for their consideration. Consideration is now being given by the Department to the recommendations of the

Committee with a view to finalising the policy and seeking government approval to draft a Bill.

Children First Bill


This Bill will put the Children First National Guidelines on a statutory basis to implement the Programme for Government commitment in that regard. The development of this legislation is part of a suite of legislation to strengthen child protection which includes the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. The Ministers and officials from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Justice and Equality are working closely to ensure that the legislative elements are well-integrated and complementary.


Adoption (Tracing and Information) Bill


The Bill will 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 Bill will provide for an Information and Tracing Service to applicants seeking information about adoptions.



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 at:

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