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27/11/2013 [Bills] Question proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."Vol-227 Book-13
27/11/2013 [Bills] I am pleased to bring the Child and Family Agency Bill 2013 before the House and look forward to engaging with Senators in a constructive debate as it proceeds through the various Stages. Last week we completed Report Stage in the Dáil where the Bill was the subject of some intense and live...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [855]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister and congratulate her on bringing forward the Bill. Fianna Fáil welcomes and, in principle, supports this long delayed and much promised legislation which formally establishes the child and family agency. However, the Bill seems to be more about the agency than the ch...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [862]
27/11/2013 [Bills] Hear, hear.[van Turnhout, Jillian]Vol-227 Book-13 Page [864]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I am pleased to see the two young ladies from the Department. When I was in the Department of Health I met representatives of the La Leche group. Two male officials were sent to accompany me, which was not very helpful. Nevertheless, that is the past. A far greater number of capable wome...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [864]
27/11/2013 [Bills] The Minister is, as always, very welcome to the House, especially so given her introduction of the Bill before us. It provides us with immense potential to streamline and co-ordinate services for children. It is a huge and impressive undertaking involving three source agencies – the HSE, t...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [864]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister to the House and congratulate her and her staff on bringing the Bill to the Oireachtas. They have undertaken and completed an enormous amount of work.
This Bill will establish a stand alone agency that is concerned with the welfare of children and families. Member...
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27/11/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, back to the House. Before she was demoted to the Lower House some years ago, she played an active role here.
All Members support this Bill. Senator Jillian van Turnhout said she planned to improve it on Committee Stage. I look forward t...
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27/11/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister and commend her on her introduction of the Bill. It marks a major step forward in child protection and welfare services. As already noted, it is one of the most significant public service reforms in the life of this Government. The programme for Government undertook...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [869]
27/11/2013 [Bills] Hear, hear.[van Turnhout, Jillian]Vol-227 Book-13 Page [871]
27/11/2013 [Bills] More than 50% of children in this State are cared for in informal child care scenarios, and these children should not be excluded from protection. Again, I thank the Minister for bringing this before us. International best practice must be kept under review and there should be a clear mand...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [871]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister to the House for this most important piece of legislation - the most important legislation we will deal with for a while. Senator Leyden referred to the number of women in the House versus men. The gender ratio has improved since we started. At that point Senator Le...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [871]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister to discuss this important legislation. The Child and Family Agency Bill is lengthy and presented a very difficult task which involved a long consultation process and the amalgamation of services, while trying and succeeding on paper to develop an innovative service. ...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [872]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister to the House. I welcome the Bill and the establishment of the child and family agency. Sinn Féin has called for such a Bill for many years. We also welcomed the appointment of a Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and the establishment of a new Department. In ...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [874]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I thank the Minister for being with us and for bringing forward this Bill, which is very welcome. I thank her for her announcement this morning of €30 million for nine projects around the country. One of those projects is in my old local electoral area of Knocknaheeny in Cork. I think €1...Vol-227 Book-13 Page [875]
27/11/2013 [Bills] I thank all of the Senators for their contributions and their general support for the Child and Family Agency Bill. As every Senator has said, the legislation is about delivering more effective services and better inter-agency work.
I thank Senator Leyden for his comments. I take his poi...
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27/11/2013 [Bills] Question put and agreed to.Vol-227 Book-13
27/11/2013 [Bills] When is it proposed to take Committee Stage?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-227 Book-13 Page [880]
27/11/2013 [Bills] Next Tuesday.[Henry, Imelda]Vol-227 Book-13 Page [880]
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