38. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53569/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Specific provisions of Acts under my Department that have not yet been commenced are Sections 14(8) and 14(9) of the Passports Act 2008.
These Sections of the Passports Act, if commenced, would provide that guardians’ consent to the issuing of a passport would be considered to be enduring for the child up to the age of 18. The commencement of these provisions is currently under consideration as part of the ongoing passp...

69. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Finance the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53568/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is aware the Oireachtas, when enacting legislation, in many instances provides a discretion to the relevant Minister in respect of the appropriate time to commence an Act, or certain provisions of an Act.
It was not possible to provide the details for all legislative provisions on the Statute Book. However I set out in the table details of legislative provisions passed by the Oireachtas since 1 January 2000 but which are not yet forma...

147. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53573/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, I can confirm that this week I have signed the Commencement and Establishment Orders for the National Shared Services Office Act 2017 to take effect from 1 January, 2018. While this Act was passed by the Oireachtas in July, it was considered best that it commence in January to facilitate a smooth separation of the relevant functions from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to t...

176. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53566/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information that the Deputy has requested is set out in tabular form. 
 Act Sections yet to be commenced Details Teaching Council Act 2001 Sections 39 This section relates to the continuing education, training and professional development of teachers. In relation to commencement, regard will be had to the development by the Teaching Council of Cosán, the national framework for teachers’ learning which has entered a develop...

180. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a housing estate (details supplied) is geographically split in two for the purposes of deprivation indices used for qualification for the higher education access route, HEAR, scheme; his plans to address this in order that all residents of the estate are treated equally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53708/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Higher Education Schemes)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): HEAR is a college and university admissions scheme offering places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantages backgrounds. 
The HEAR scheme is operated by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and regulated by the higher education institutions themselves and not by my Department. The operational management of HEAR has transferred from the Shared Services Unit in the IUA to the C...

199. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53572/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to confirm to the Deputy that the information sought cannot be provided in the time allowed. As soon as the information has been collated I will write to the Deputy on the matter.
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276. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within her area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53561/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Details of Acts, or parts of Acts, for which I have responsibility and which have not been commenced, and the reasons that commencement orders have not been made, are set out in the table.
 Act/Section of Act that has not been Commenced Reason Commencement Order has not been made Legal Metrology (Measuring Instruments) Act (No. 31 of 2017) The Legal Metrology (Measuring Instruments) Act 2017 was signed by th...

328. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Health the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53570/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information is shown in the table in relation to legislation within my area of statutory responsibility which has been enacted since 2011 and not yet commenced. The Deputy might let me know if he would like information in regard to any specific Act enacted prior to 2011.
 Acts passed since 2011 Sections not in force Current position Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Act 2017 Whole Act. This Act was enacted on 9 December 20...

523. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53560/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the following table:
 Title of Act Act /Part of Act Awaiting Commencement Reason for delay in commencement Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 Section 13 Section has not commenced as the timeline originally envisaged is not appropriate having regard to the complexities associated with aquaculture licensing. The issue remains under ongoing review in the context of...

587. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53563/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There are two Acts for which all sections have yet to be formally commenced by my Department. The details are set out in the following table.:
 Title of Act Section(s) not yet commenced Purpose of section(s) Reason for delay in commencement Energy Act 2016  Provisions not yet commenced are sections 8 and 19 Section 8 of the Energy Act provides for a revised legal definition of the existing Single E...

618. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53575/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information requested by the Deputy is being collated and will be forwarded to him within ten working days.
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645. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to ratify the optional protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53549/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department is working with the Department of Justice and Equality to ensure that all necessary arrangements are in place to fully comply with the provisions of the Second Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography so that Ireland can ratify the Optional Protocol as soon as possible.
The recent enactment of the Sexual Offence Act (2017) constituted a key step on the pathway to ratificat...

646. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within her area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53562/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department has responsibility for the following Acts, or parts of Acts, which have yet to be fully commenced, Youth Work Act 2001, the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011, the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2015, the Children (Amendment) Act 2015 and the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017.
Youth Work Act 2001
The sections of the Youth Work Act 2001 yet to be commenced are sections 8 to 16, 19 to 23 and 25 to 37. 
Since the enactment of th...

671. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53574/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): A number of provisions of the Charities Act 2009 have yet to be commenced. These sections provide for a range of miscellaneous matters, including for charitable fundraising. My Department was recently assigned responsibility for oversight of the Charities Regulatory Authority and will be working with the Authority in relation to the commencement of these sections of the Charities Act. 
 Section - Section 89 Permissi...

694. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within her area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53567/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): My Department is responsible for the legislation underpinning the social welfare code and for a number of other areas of legislation. These are occupational and private pensions, civil registration and gender recognition, redundancy and employer’s insolvency, employment rights and Citizens Information Board/Comhairle legislation. 
A number of provisions of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005, as amended, have s...

726. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53571/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I refer to the reply to Question No. 157 of 2 February 2017 and the further deferred reply sent to the Deputy on 16 February 2017.  
The information provided in February has now been updated and is set out in the following table.:
 Act Sections/Chapters not in force or commenced Reason not yet commenced Electoral Act 1997 Section 79 Section 79 of the Electoral Act 1997 provides for amendments to electoral law...

750. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within her area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53564/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The information sought by the Deputy in respect of those Acts for which I have lead responsibility is set out in the following table.
 Title of Act Section(s)/Part(s) yet to be commenced and other relevant information Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 Section 36 provides for licensing of certain hunting activities on the part of commercial shoot operators. The commencement of this section of the Act is kept under ...

771. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53565/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There are no Acts, or parts of Acts, coming under the responsibility of the Department of Defence awaiting commencement.
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4. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent engagements with European leaders in advance of the next European Council meeting in December 2017. (Question 51999/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - EU Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 12, inclusive, together.
I will attend a series of European Council meetings in a range of formats in Brussels tomorrow and Friday.
I will of course report back to the House as usual after the European Council.
The draft agenda for the main meeting consists of security and defence issues, including permanent structured co-operation, PESCO, and social, educational and cultural matters, where we expect a report on the recent Gothenburg social su...

5. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the European Council President, Mr. Donald Tusk. (Question 52882/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - EU Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 12, inclusive, together.
I will attend a series of European Council meetings in a range of formats in Brussels tomorrow and Friday.
I will of course report back to the House as usual after the European Council.
The draft agenda for the main meeting consists of security and defence issues, including permanent structured co-operation, PESCO, and social, educational and cultural matters, where we expect a report on the recent Gothenburg social su...

6. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent telephone conversations with the European Commission President, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker on Brexit. (Question 52883/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - EU Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 12, inclusive, together.
I will attend a series of European Council meetings in a range of formats in Brussels tomorrow and Friday.
I will of course report back to the House as usual after the European Council.
The draft agenda for the main meeting consists of security and defence issues, including permanent structured co-operation, PESCO, and social, educational and cultural matters, where we expect a report on the recent Gothenburg social su...

7. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach the agenda for the upcoming European Council meeting; and if, in future, his Department will provide a briefing to Opposition leaders in advance of such meetings. (Question 52885/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - EU Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 12, inclusive, together.
I will attend a series of European Council meetings in a range of formats in Brussels tomorrow and Friday.
I will of course report back to the House as usual after the European Council.
The draft agenda for the main meeting consists of security and defence issues, including permanent structured co-operation, PESCO, and social, educational and cultural matters, where we expect a report on the recent Gothenburg social su...

11. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister. (Question 53133/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - EU Meetings)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 12, inclusive, together.
I will attend a series of European Council meetings in a range of formats in Brussels tomorrow and Friday.
I will of course report back to the House as usual after the European Council.
The draft agenda for the main meeting consists of security and defence issues, including permanent structured co-operation, PESCO, and social, educational and cultural matters, where we expect a report on the recent Gothenburg social su...

14. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the outcome of the tender by his Department for a research and insights survey; and the results to date. (Question 53135/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Departmental Communications)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 14 together.
Good, clear and consistent communication is a virtue of good government. Citizens have a right to know what Government is doing and why. 
The strategic communications unit was established earlier this year to bring that consistency, clarity and professionalism to all Government communications. It means communication is treated as a strategic, whole-of-Government activity, which must be conducted to the same level of profession...

15. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his planned visits abroad in the next six months. (Question 51723/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 to 17, inclusive, together. I can, at this stage, outline my plans for a number of visits abroad, relating both to EU and non-EU business. As the House is aware, I will travel to Brussels for a meeting of the European Council on Thursday and Friday. Further European Council meetings are scheduled for March and June 2018. I plan to travel to Lebanon later this month to visit members of the Defence Forces serving in the UNIFIL mission. My vis...