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 Header Item Adoption Services Provision (Continued)
 Header Item Business of Dáil
 Header Item Companies Bill 2012: Order for Report Stage
 Header Item Companies Bill 2012: Report Stage

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 835 No. 1

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[Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald] This is also very important. Couples who are adopting also need to show they can support the financial needs which may arise with regard to the child being adopted.

It is important we have increased understanding with regard to these issues and that time is spent during the assessment process discussing them with the couples. The Deputy asked about research. In 2007 the Children's Research Centre at Trinity College published a study on inter-country adoption outcomes in Ireland. This included discussion on post-adoption experiences and the publication is on the website of the Adoption Authority of Ireland.

I take the point made by the Deputy, and I have no doubt parents are looking for more and more specialist help with regard to the issues which arise in the children whom they have adopted. Very often these are attachment issues. I will take up the points made by the Deputy with Barnardos in the first instance and see whether the training needs outlined by the Deputy which must be met in Ireland can be developed.

Deputy David Stanton: Information on David Stanton Zoom on David Stanton I thank the Minister for her very comprehensive reply and I am very grateful to her for it and for the research put into her response. I am aware of Barnardos' adoptive parents' training network and the work done but I understand it is only in the Dublin area.

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald Yes.

Deputy David Stanton: Information on David Stanton Zoom on David Stanton I am interested in whether it can be expanded nationally. In the meantime I am sure the Minister realises that parents with a hyperactive child who suffers from fears of abandonment, anxiety, aloofness and phobias and who is acting out in all types of distressing ways really do need assistance. I take the Minister's point that parents must be understanding of financial needs, but this is exceptional and it goes beyond this. It is something which is not expected and they need support. Will the Minister examine whether the treatment abroad scheme could be used in exceptional cases whereby children and families can get assistance in the UK if they find themselves in this awful dilemma whereby parents adopt a baby and love and care for the child for many years and all of a sudden, when puberty arrives, everything goes wrong? They need assistance and help.

I understand assistance and help is there to a point in Dublin through Barnardos but it is not available nationally. We need to move fairly quickly to put in place this assistance and help. I am sure the Minister can put herself in the position of these parents. It is harrowing and difficult. The behaviours described to me are very distressing. Boys are lying, stealing and do not integrate with others. According to research it appears adopted children suffered this trauma 13.3% more than children who are not adopted. There is a need for help and assistance and a focus on this. Most of the children who are adopted thankfully have no difficulties but for some the difficulties are severe and profound. I thank the House and the Ceann Comhairle for giving me the opportunity to raise this issue and I thank the Minister for responding.

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald I would not underestimate the help that CAMHS and other specialist child and adolescent mental health teams can give.

Deputy David Stanton: Information on David Stanton Zoom on David Stanton They cannot.

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald A well-trained psychologist or psychiatrist should be able to deal with some of the issues outlined by the Deputy in terms of attachment difficulties and the problems children, adopted or not, show. They can be similar. I take the point about some specialist help being available for certain cases and we will examine with Barnardos whether there is a way to move forward on this.

Business of Dáil

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that the business to be transacted after Oral Questions tomorrow shall be statements on matters relating to An Garda Síochána, and the proceedings thereon shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 12 p.m. and the following arrangements shall apply: the statements of a Minister or Minister of State and those of the main spokespersons of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group, who shall be called upon in that order, shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case and such Members may share their time; and a Minister of Minister of State shall be called upon to make a statement of reply which shall not exceed 15 minutes.

Acting Chairman (Deputy Olivia Mitchell): Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell Is that agreed? Agreed.

Companies Bill 2012: Order for Report Stage

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Sean Sherlock): Information on Seán Sherlock Zoom on Seán Sherlock I move: "That Report Stage be taken now."

  Question put and agreed to.

Companies Bill 2012: Report Stage

Acting Chairman (Deputy Olivia Mitchell): Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell Amendment No. 1 arises out of committee proceedings. Amendments Nos. 1, 5, 91 to 133, inclusive, 166, 171, 172, 177, 201, 202, 217, 219 to 226, inclusive, 236, 237, 251, 252, 269 and 271 are cognate and may be discussed together.

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Sean Sherlock): Information on Seán Sherlock Zoom on Seán Sherlock I move amendment No. 1:

In page 66, to delete lines 39 and 40.

The purpose of this amendment is to delete the definition of "licensed bank". The definition is no longer necessary as the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel has recommended use of "credit institution" rather than "licensed bank". This will result in uniformity of language throughout the Bill and is in line with EU law.

  Amendment agreed to.

Acting Chairman (Deputy Olivia Mitchell): Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell Amendments Nos. 2, 190 and 258 form a composite proposal and may be discussed together.

Deputy Sean Sherlock: Information on Seán Sherlock Zoom on Seán Sherlock I move amendment No. 2:

In page 69, between lines 6 and 7, to insert the following:
" "system of interconnection of registers” means the system of interconnection of central commercial and companies registers established in accordance with Article 4a(2) of Directive 2009/101/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009;".

The purpose of the amendment is to define the system of interconnection of registers which is provided for by Directive 2012/17/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 2012 and must be transposed by 14 July 2014.

Deputy Peadar Tóibín: Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín Is the Minister of State confident all of the information shared with all member states will be treated properly, so that while there may be various methods of using information in other member states, all of the information shared will be respectfully used and managed?

Deputy Sean Sherlock: Information on Seán Sherlock Zoom on Seán Sherlock I assure the Deputy the new directive ensures all EU member states enabling electronic communication between business registers and transmitting information to individual users will do so in a standardised way by means of identical content and interoperable technologies throughout the European Union. The system of interconnection of registers shall be composed of the registers of member states, a central platform, and one or more access portals. The European e-justice portal will serve as the European electronic access point and the new directive stipulates the European Commission may by means of implementing acts specify the technical specification, defining among others the structure of the standard message format for the purpose of the exchange of information between the registers, the platform and the portal, and the technical specifications defining the structure and the use of the unique identifier for communication between registers.

Acting Chairman (Deputy Olivia Mitchell): Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell Does the Minister of State wish to address amendments Nos. 190 and 258?

Deputy Sean Sherlock: Information on Seán Sherlock Zoom on Seán Sherlock I hope I have covered them.

  Amendment agreed to.

  Amendment No. 3 not moved.

Acting Chairman (Deputy Olivia Mitchell): Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell Amendments Nos. 4, 6, 59 and 60 are cognate and may be discussed together.

Deputy Peadar Tóibín: Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín I move amendment No. 4:

In page 77, line 34, after "activity" to insert "and be managed and controlled".

The first two amendments are interrelated. They detail the classification of the type of company to be established in the State.


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