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...

1221. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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 1557/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department’s legislation regulates a diverse range of areas such as food safety (including animal health and welfare), agriculture (including payments) and seafood (including State fisheries). In the period in question, my Department made more than 700 separate pieces of legislation. 
Our membership of the European Union means that there are substantial and ongoing changes in legislation at EU level and my Department upd...

1303. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment 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 1560/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment was established on 6th May 2016.  Accordingly, I will include information on legislation prepared since that date.
In 2017, the Law Reform Commission, with the assistance of my Department, published an official revised version of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999. This is an administrative consolidation of the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999. Th...

1509. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 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 1559/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I would like to advise the Deputy that no project has been undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation coming within the remit of my Department since the establishment of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in 2011.
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1542. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development 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 1571/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department has not undertaken any projects to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation.
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1654. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the projects undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation, including the cost, the duration and 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 1564/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

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, as follows:
- Occupational and Private Pensions 
- Civil Registration and Gender Recognition 
- Redundancy and Employer’s Insolvency 
- Citizens Information Board (Comhairle)
- Employment and Labour Law
The main provisions of the Social Welfare code are contained in the various Social W...

1807. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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 1568/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The information requested in the question is set out in the following table.
 Year Projects Undertaken to consolidate or amalgamate existing legislation Cost Duration of project Number of Staff Required DHPLG or Outsourced Process outsourced? (Yes/No) 2007 Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended (unofficial consolidation) N/A – part of Department’s regular staff costs N/A – ongoing part o...

1935. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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 1561/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The consolidation and modernisation of the national monuments legislative code as contained in the National Monuments Acts 1930 - 2014 is a legislative priority for my Department.  This work was commenced before the establishment of this Department in June 2011 and is ongoing. One Assistant Principal Officer and one Senior Archaeologist are currently assigned to this task in conjunction with other duties.  Additional inpu...

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...

104. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if there will be a second Finance Bill; if so, when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53763/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): At this point I have no plans for a second Finance Bill as part of the Budget 2018 process.
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56. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department has prepared legislation to accord enhanced rights for PDFORRA and RACO in anticipation of the outcome of the European Committee on Social Rights case taken by EUROMIL; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52916/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): A case was brought to the European Committee of Social Rights by EUROCOP, on behalf of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors. EUROMIL, a European umbrella body for military associations, made a similar complaint to the Committee on behalf of PDFORRA about the lack of union rights for military Representative Associations in Ireland.
PDFORRA are claiming most of the same violations of the European Social Charter as AG...

217. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeframe for the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016 to be enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52763/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The position is that the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016 completed Second Stage on 23 March and is currently awaiting Committee Stage. I intend to bring forward Committee Stage amendments to the Bill to ensure that the rules that normally apply to the grant of retail licences will also apply to licences granted under the Bill. This will mean that applicants for a licence under the Bill will have to apply to...

63. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the Second Stage of the Industrial Development (Amendment) Bill as referenced in the autumn legislative programme for 2017 is due to take place. (Question 49827/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The draft heads of the Industrial Development (Amendment) Bill were approved by Government last year. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation subsequently determined that pre-legislative scrutiny was not required. 
My Department has since been working closely with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel on this legislation. The draft bill is now close to finalisation and I e...