104. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progression of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016; his plans to include a provision that will provide him with the power to require a school to open a special class and or increase the number of special classes in schools based on recommendations from the NCSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20599/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Government is committed to helping all children, including children with special educational needs to fulfil their potential. We have increased the budget in the special needs area by 43% since 2011 and doubled the number of special classes.
As the Deputy will be aware the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 was published in July 2016. The Bill which passed Committee Stage on 28th June 2017 is an important piece of legislatio...

48. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the main provisions and the current status of the Heritage Bill 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19972/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Heritage Bill, which has passed all stages in Seanad Éireann, passed Committee stage in Dáil Éireann yesterday. The Bill has three main Parts, amending the Canals Act 1986, the Wildlife Acts and the Heritage Act 1995.
The principal purpose of the Bill is to implement the Report of the Critical Review of the Heritage Council approved by Government in 2013. 
The Bill also amends the Canals Act 1986 to allow the making o...

295. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Data-Sharing and Governance Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15651/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Data Sharing and Governance Bill is a priority for the Government in the spring/summer legislation programme. The purpose of the Bill is to promote and encourage data sharing between public bodies by providing a statutory framework for data sharing for legitimate and clearly specified purposes that are compliant with data protection law; and to improve the protection of individual privacy rights by setting new governance st...

1351. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of Bills both enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each Bill in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15354/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department has not enacted or published any legislation since the date the Department was established, on 19 July 2017.
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1419. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of Bills both enacted and published by her Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each Bill in the corresponding year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15347/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): My Department engages with the Law Reform Commission from time to time. For example, on occasions between 2010 and 2016 my Department and the Commission engaged in projects in relation to establishing the current status of post 1922 legislation (both primary and secondary), for which my department has responsibility .
My Department, however, has not enacted any legislation in the period concerned, which originated i...

1526. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of pieces of legislation both enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each piece of legislation in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15351/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): While my Department does not routinely collect data of this nature, in the past ten years, there were two sections of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010 which implemented Law Reform Commission recommendations and are detailed in the table below:
 Year Title of Act Section of Act Law Reform Commission Recommendation 2010 Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010 Section 59 (amended Sect...

1528. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill 2013. (Question 15365/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): Considerable work has been undertaken to advance the drafting of the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill, including through engagement with the Marine Coordination Group and a number of workshops and bilateral meetings with relevant policy Departments and the Office of the Attorney General throughout 2017 and early 2018.  Legal advice from the Office of the Attorney General will be ava...

243. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the Consumer Rights Bill; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14901/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): While I am anxious to progress the Scheme of the Consumer Rights Bill published by my Department in May 2015, I have to take account of current European Union legislative proposals for Directives on consumer contracts for the supply of digital content and consumer contracts for the online and other distance sale of goods. These proposals which were announced in May 2015 and published in December 2015 overlap very substa...

340. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the maritime area and foreshore (amendment) Bill (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13203/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): Considerable work has been undertaken to advance the drafting of the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill, including through engagement with the Marine Coordination Group and a number of workshops and bilateral meetings with relevant policy Departments and the Office of the Attorney General throughout 2017 and early 2018. Final legal advice from the Office of the Attorney General shoul...

389. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the publication of the Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11998/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am happy to inform the Deputy that the Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Bill 2018 was published on Tuesday 13 March.
The Bill is now available on both the Oireachtas and my Department’s websites.
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161. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation to increase the compulsory retirement age for public servants will be published; the timeframe for the legislation to pass in Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8087/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018. 
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245. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Garda Síochána (compensation) Bill will be published and passed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8487/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that the proposed Garda Síochána (Compensation) Bill will repeal and replace the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Acts 1941 and 1945, which provide for a scheme of compensation in relation to members of An Garda Síochána who are maliciously injured in relation to the performance of their duties as such members.
I wish to inform the Deputy that, on 9 May 2017, the Government approved the drafting of the proposed le...

474. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the EU legislation before his Department with a view to being transposed into law; the details of such legislation; the status and timeframes for transposition of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8380/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The EU legislation which falls under the remit of my Department for transposition into law is outlined in the following table: 
 Directive Title Deadline 2013/59  Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013 laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation, and repealing Directives 89/618/Euratom, 90/641/Euratom, 96/29/Euratom, 9...

222. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health his plans regarding the independence of dental hygienists; his plans to introduce a new Bill to amend or replace the Dentists Act 1985; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8000/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Work is continuing in relation to the development of new legislation to replace the Dentist Act 1985. The regulation and role of dental hygienists is being examined in the context of this new legislation. 
A Regulatory Impact Analysis is currently underway, and the drafting of the Scheme of Bill, which is the next step in the process to develop the new legislation, has commenced, but it is at an early stage. It is therefore too early to give an indic...

58. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health his plans in respect of constitutional referenda in 2018. (Question 51729/17 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris)(Deputy Simon Harris): As the Deputy will be aware, the Government has put in place a process to examine possible changes to Article 40.3.3 of the constitution. 
The Government established a Citizen’s Assembly, in line with its Programme for Partnership Government commitment, to consider a number of matters including constitutional reform. The Assembly first considered the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Article 40.3.3), and submitted its final rep...

195. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for progressing the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 through Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5027/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is in the Programme for a Partnership Government. The Bill completed its passage through all stages in the Seanad on the 15 December 2017 and it is intended to bring the Bill into the Dail as soon as possible in 2018.
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167. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 will be on the Dáil Éireann Order Paper for Second Stage reading; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3514/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I hope to have the Bill taken at Second Stage on the week commencing the 13th February, subject to the agreement of the House Business Committee. 
The Bill is an important piece of legislation with a particular focus on low-paid and precariously employed workers. The key objective of the Bill is to improve the security and predictability of working hours for employees on insecure contracts and those working variable ...

102. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Taoiseach the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation, including the cost, the duration, the number of staff required and if this process was carried out by his Department or outsourced in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 1572/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

The Taoiseach: There has been no project to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation undertaken by the Department of the Taoiseach from 2007 to date.
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127. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation, including the cost, the duration, the number of staff required and if this process was carried out by his Department or outsourced in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 1562/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The legislation under the aegis of this Department consists primarily of the Defence Acts 1954 to 2015. There has been no project undertaken in the years 2007 to 2017 to consolidate these Acts.
In relation to the other Acts under the aegis of this Department, work is underway on the preparation of a Red Cross Bill to update the Red Cross Acts 1938 to 1954. This work is being carried out by the Department’s Legislation Branch a...

201. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance his plans to bring forward technical amendments to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55004/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, matching definitions for long-term financial service were used in both the Government legislation and the Sinn Féin legislation passed by the Oireachtas last year in relation to this Ombudsman. 
The Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017 provides that 
“”long-term financial service” means—  
(a) subject to paragraph (b), a financial service the duration of which is a fixed term of 5 years and one month, or mo...

233. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Finance the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation, including the cost, the duration, the number of staff required and if this process was carried out by his Department or outsourced in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 1565/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The VAT Consolidation Act 2010 was undertaken as part of Revenue’s business plan, therefore the staff internally worked on the consolidation (primarily one Assistant Principal). The duration of the project was six months and it was enacted and published on 23 November 2010. 
The Customs Act 2015 was undertaken as a stand-alone project within the Revenue Commissioners, which was more than just a statutory consolidation of the national customs legis...

284. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation, including the cost, the duration, the number of staff required and if this process was carried out by his Department or outsourced in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 1570/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
 Legislation Title Year Duration No. staff required Costs Process   Carried out by Dept or Outsourced Freedom of Information Act 2014  2 years 3 See next column Carried out primarily by the Department but also see below regarding Statute Law Revision Programme 
In addition to the legislation listed above, the Statute Law Revision Pr...

579. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation, including the cost, the duration, the number of staff required and if this process was carried out by his Department or outsourced in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 1569/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Department of Justice and Equality is responsible for the preparation each year of a significant number of Bills dealing with civil and criminal law. Many of these Bills seek to reform or update the law in specific areas, and necessarily involve an element of consolidation or amalgamation. It would not be practical to quantify the time and resources dedicated to those elements of such Bills. 
However, from 2007 to 2011, the Crimina...

640. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation, including the cost, the duration, the number of staff required and if this process was carried out by her Department or outsourced in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 1558/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Details of the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate legislation in the period in question are set out in the following table. 
 Project Cost Date/Duration Number of Staff Involved Outsourced Yes/No Unofficial consolidation of the Patents Act, 1992. Staff time spent on producing the consolidations has not been costed. Unofficial consolidations were produced in 2012, 2014, 2015 and ...

1211. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the timeframe for publishing primary and secondary legislation for a fishing penalty point system in view of the fact that the December 2017 deadline for the previous commitment to introduce legislation has now passed; his plans to bring the legislation for same before the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for scrutiny beforehand; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1310/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As the Deputy may be aware, the Supreme Court judgments were delivered on 12th December 2017 in relation to the 2014 SI implementing a points system for licence holders.  My Department is currently examining the implications of the judgments on an urgent basis.
I expect this process to be completed shortly and thereafter I intend to sign a new Statutory instrument to revoke the European Union (Common Fisheries Policy) (Point S...