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Fitzgerald, Frances

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 Nbr. 2


Written Answers - Adoption Services

Was asked: if there are any plans to allow civil partners adopt and to be considered as joint adoptive parents; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: the proposed relocation of the Ballymun social work department to Park House on the North Circular Road, the assessment that has taken place regarding the impact on the clients; the social workers&...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy with the most up-to-date information.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 286 of 15 December 2011, when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive. More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to update the Deputy as a matter of urgency.More Button

Written Answers - Foreign Adoptions

Was asked: the position regarding Irish citizens adopting children from Florida, USA; the progress that was made during the most recent visit by Irish officials to Florida to hold meetings on the issue; when ...More Button

Following a request to the US Central Authority a delegation from the AAI travelled to Washington on 17th November 2011 to meet with representatives of the State Department (the Central Authority...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions

Was asked: the countries and locations to which Irish citizens can currently apply to adopt children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

With effect from 1 November 2010, intercountry adoptions can be effected with other countries which have ratified the Hague Convention or with which Ireland has a bilateral agreement. 57 countries ...More Button

Under the provisions of section 73 of the Adoption Act, 2010, “the Authority, with the prior consent of the Minister, may enter into discussions with any non-contracting state concerning the pos...More Button

Was asked: if she has requested a report from the Irish embassy in Addis Ababa as per her response in Dáil Éireann on 1 December 2011 in relation to the issue of establishing a bilateral agreeme...More Button

Officials from my Department have been in contact with the Embassy in Ethiopia requesting an update to the detailed assessment of intercountry adoption procedures, which was provided by the Embassy...More Button

In addition, I have given the AAI approval for the commencement of the process of examining the feasibility of a bilateral agreement with Ethiopia. The AAI , with the assistance of the Irish embass...More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 538 of 15 November 2011, when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive. More Button

I have been advised by the HSE that the Office of the National Director, Children and Family Services does not routinely collect data regarding discharges from care. However the HSE is currently l...More Button

I have requested that the HSE provide me with information on how many children were discharged from the care of the State on reaching the age of 18 years in 2010 and 2011 and how many children unde...More Button

I will furnish a copy of this information to the Deputy on receipt of same.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 33 of 15 December 2011, when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive. More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to update the Deputy as a matter of urgency.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 46 of 15 December 2011, when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive. More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to update the Deputy as a matter of urgency.More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 287 of 15 December 2011, when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive. More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to update the Deputy as a matter of urgency.More Button