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Written Answers - Adoption Services

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 166.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if there any plans to amend the Civil Partnership Act 2010 to allow civil partners adopt and to be considered as joint adoptive parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7437/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I refer the Deputy to my response to question number 506 of 31 January 2012, in which I indicated as follows: “Responsibility for adoption legislation and policy lies with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs who recently indicated in responding to a similar question (number 235 of 19 January 2012) that ‘Under the provisions of the Adoption Act 2010, the only persons who can jointly adopt are married couples. There are currently no proposals to change the legislation in this regard.’”

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