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Dail Questions 31st May 2011

National Children's Strategy
Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health and Children if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the recent national consultation process with children and young persons for the National Children's Strategy 2012 to 2017 has been carried out without the parental consent and the way parental consent was circumvented in this case.

Anomaly in legislation
Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will consider making an amendment to section 23 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 to substitute the word “parent” with “parents”.
She also asked if he will consider legislating to impose sanctions on family law solicitors who have certified but failed to inform their clients about the possibility of mediating dispute as required under section 20(2) of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 as amended by section 11 of the Children Act 1997

Adoptive/Paternity Leave
Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will consider amending the Adoptive Leave Act 2005 to allow either parent to take adoptive leave.

Proposed Legislation
Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take action to amend the anomaly whereby section 19(2) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 allows for a parent to act on their own whereas section 6(1) of the Guardianship of Infants Act specifies that the father and mother of an infant shall be guardians of the infant jointly.



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