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...

113. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the concerns articulated by the IDA regarding the effect that the interception of postal packets and telecommunications messages amendment Bill could have on the development of the digital technology industry here (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49763/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the Government last year approved proposals to draft a number of amendments to the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications (Regulation) Act 1993 and other associated legislation. 
My Department has been working to develop those proposals, in what is a complex and sensitive area of the law, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General.  As part of the process of developing those propo...

117. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to amend the Succession Act 1965; his views on the entitlements of beneficiaries of wills here; the position regarding the duties of a will’s executors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49706/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I intend to introduce, as part of a forthcoming Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, provisions which will amend section 120 of the Succession Act 1965, which deals with prevention of benefit from homicide.  My intention will be to ensure that persons convicted of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter will be precluded from taking any share in the property or other assets of their victim. While I am not in a position at this ...

151. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the rationale for including a clause setting an age limit of 47 years of age for women to receive treatment in the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49527/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill aims to promote and ensure the health and safety of parents, and children born as a result of assisted human reproduction (AHR) treatment, as well as other parties who may be involved such as donors and surrogates. In this regard consideration of the welfare and best interests of children born through AHR is a key principle underpinning the Scheme. The wellbeing of women involved in AHR proced...

187. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to publish the final Greyhound Industry Bill 2017 that has already progressed through the pre-legislative scrutiny. (Question 49647/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As stated by the Deputy, the draft General Scheme of the Bill has progressed through the pre-legislative scrutiny phase. It is hoped that a memorandum will go to Government in the coming weeks, which will request approval to publish the updated General Scheme and to submit it to the Office of Parliamentary Counsel for drafting.
 ...

472. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to bring forward the cyber security Bill 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49213/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The 2015 National Cyber Strategy set out the priorities for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for the period 2015-2017, as the being the protection of Government ICT Infrastructure while building capacity in other areas, particularly around preparing for the implementation of the EU Network and Information Security Directive.  
This Directive, which has a transposition date of May 2018 has a complex se...

77. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the date by which the Public Sector Standards Bill 2015 will be enacted. (Question 48497/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Sector Standards Bill provides for the disclosure of registerable interests by members of the Oireachtas and public servants, and for investigation of possible non-compliance with the legislation. The Bill consolidates the current legislative framework governing the ethical obligations of public officials. It aims to significantly enhance the existing framework for identifying, disclosing and managing conflicts of ...

212. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the implementation status of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention. (Question 48595/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 212 and 213 together.
I take it the Deputy is referring to the planned Merchant Shipping (International Conventions) Bill.  This is still at the preliminary preparatory stages in my Department, prior to seeking Government approval for its drafting in due course.  The main purpose of the Bill is to provide the legislative framework for Ireland to become a party to a number of international maritime con...

213. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the merchant shipping Bill. (Question 48596/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 212 and 213 together.
I take it the Deputy is referring to the planned Merchant Shipping (International Conventions) Bill.  This is still at the preliminary preparatory stages in my Department, prior to seeking Government approval for its drafting in due course.  The main purpose of the Bill is to provide the legislative framework for Ireland to become a party to a number of international maritime con...

134. Deputy Josepha Madigan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the Domestic Violence Bill 2017; and when he expects it to be enacted. (Question 48374/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Domestic Violence Bill 2017 is awaiting resumption of Committee Stage in the Seanad.  The Deputy will understand that it is not possible for me to predict the outcome of the legislative process with regard to this or any other Bill.  However, my aim is that the Bill will be enacted as soon as possible.
 ...

2. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the date on which the Data Sharing and Governance Bill will be introduced; the number of staff in his Department tasked with its drafting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47609/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien: This question asks when the Data Sharing and Governance Bill will be published and the Minister to indicate the number of the staff in the Department tasked with drafting it. I accept that this is a busy time in the Department in terms of finance and the drafting of other legislative measures.
 ...

36. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when Second Stage of the Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017, which will transpose a 2014 EU directive, will take place in Dáil Éireann. (Question 47585/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017 was published on 6 November 2017.  The necessary requirements of the EU Audit Directive and Regulation were transposed in June 2016 to meet the EU deadline by way of statutory instrument (S.I. 312 of 2016). 
The Bill elevates S.I. No. 312 of 2016 and enhances it, therefore much of the draft legislation is already on the statute book but through secondary legislati...

60. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when the heads of the Bill regarding protection for persons on insecure low hour contracts will be published; when the Bill will be introduced on Second Stage in Dáil Éireann; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46855/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: It is the Government’s stated intention to introduce the legislation referred to in the question before the Christmas break. I merely want to know if it is on target.
 ...

935. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to bring all animal-related legislation under the responsibility of one department rather than three separate departments as currently is the case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46435/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The key change introduced into the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 was to bring all aspects of animal welfare under the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. This has led to improved enforcement of the law in the area of welfare. My officials have been assisted in this work by authorised officers from a number of animal welfare charities. There are no plans to go beyond this change at the present time.
 ...

141. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Health if he has engaged with the Department of Justice and Equality on introducing legislation to provide safeguarding officers with access to private settings in view of the reported levels of abuse of vulnerable adults; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44411/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The safety and protection of vulnerable people in the care of the State is paramount. As the Deputy will be aware, a number of important steps have been taken in recent years to strengthen the protection afforded to vulnerable and adults in the States’s day care and residential care settings.
Within the health sector specifically, the HSE published its national safeguarding policy and procedures, Safeguarding Vulnerable People at R...

154. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health when he expects the assisted human reproduction Bill to be published and brought before either House of the Oireachtas for a Second Stage debate. (Question 44328/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): On Tuesday 3 October 2017 the Government approved the drafting of a Bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research. Officials in my Department are engaging with the Office of the Attorney General in relation to the process of drafting this Bill.
In addition, in line with the Government’s decision the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017 has also been referred to the Joint Committee on Health for review....

202. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the Aarhus Convention Bill. (Question 44506/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The draft Heads of the Aarhus Convention Bill are scheduled for publication before year-end, and will then be subjected to the pre-legislative scrutiny process, with a view to progressing the Bill through the Oireachtas next year.
Ireland ratified the Aarhus Convention in 2012 and over 60 pieces of legislation have been used to implement it. The Convention governs environmental justice rights, and is formed by t...

213. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when he plans to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was signed by the Government on 30 March 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43375/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention. 
I...

103. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016, will return to Dáil Éireann for Report Stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42593/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 was published on 6th July 2016 and passed Committee Stage on 28th June 2017. 
My officials are currently engaging with the Office of the Attorney General in relation to a number of amendments proposed for Report Stage of the Bill. It is my intention to progress this Bill to Report Stage once these amendments have been finalised.
 ...

511. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the geothermal energy development Bill; when it is likely to be advanced further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42522/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): There is currently no legal framework for the regulation of geothermal energy in Ireland. The purpose of the Geothermal Energy Bill is to provide a legislative framework for the vesting, licensing and regulation of the development of geothermal energy. The Geothermal Energy Bill will define geothermal energy in line with the standard European definition (“energy stored in the form of heat ...

106. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the items listed in the legislative programme for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41413/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government Legislative Programme was published by the Chief Whip Joe McHugh T.D. on 19 September following consultation with the Attorney General and Government Departments including the Department of Finance.
My Department has three items included on the list of Priority Legislation for Publication this session. The title and purpose of each of those Bills is set out in the following table:
 Title Purpose Finance Bill To give ...

116. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Finance his plans to bring forward the national claims information database Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41612/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Work is progressing on the National Claims Information Database Bill which will provide powers to the Central Bank to put in place a database to enable it carry out statistical analysis of movements in private motor insurance claims costs and trends.
The development of the National Claims Information Database is complex as insurers very often record data in different ways and do not necessarily use the same definitions. In recognition of this, the ...

130. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the items listed in the legislative programme for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41414/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Deputy will be aware that the Public Sector Standards Bill 2015 is currently at Committee Stage.
With regard to the Government’s legislative programme for the Autumn Session 2017, my Department has two Bills on the priority list for publication:
- Appropriation Bill 2017; and
- Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017.
The latter Bill is the result of merging the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 201...

1588. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress he has made with the Minister for Justice and Equality, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Garda Commissioner and the chairman of the Revenue Commissioners in establishing a multi-agency approach in order to ascertain if there are additional legislative or other solutions which can assist in dealing with the use of scrambler and quad bikes more comprehensively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38174/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I am not aware of a multi-agency approach to tackle the use of scrambler and quad bikes. However, I must point out that there is already comprehensive legislation in place governing the use of scrambler bikes, quad bikes and similar small vehicles in a public place, with enforcement being entirely a matter for an Garda Síochána. The use of such vehicles in other areas, such as parks and on private land, is beyond the remit of my De...

433. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when all sections of the Children and Families Relationships Act 2015 will be commenced; and the timeframe for full commencement. (Question 35852/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 433, 454 and 586 together.
The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 was enacted on 6 April 2015 and the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions Order) 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016) commenced the bulk of the Act with effect from 18 January 2016. That Commencement Order brought provisions of Parts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 of the Act into operation.
Part 10 of ...