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Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


International Agreements: Motion

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International Co-operation: Motion

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Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: the amount of funding that was granted to a group (details supplied) in each of the past 11 years; the person who accounts to her Department for this funding; if audited accounts for each year are ...More Button

For the period 2001 to 2005 payments to this group were sanctioned by the then Department of Health and Children and issued by the then North Eastern Health Board from a Central Development Fund. ...More Button

*includes a National Lottery Grant of €38,192.More Button

Audited reports for the years 2001 to 2004 were provided to the Department by the group.More Button

My Department has sought the information requested by the Deputy, in respect of any funding provided to and the accounting arrangement with the group with effect from 2005/2006 to date, from the HS...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions

Was asked: the position regarding discussions with Russian authorities regarding a bilateral agreement on inter-country adoption; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In relation to Russia, a limited number of adoptions are currently being processed under transitional arrangements as provided for in the Adoption Act 2010. Such adoptions may take place up to the ...More Button

An official delegation from Ireland recently visited Russia and held preliminary discussions regarding the potential for a bilateral agreement. I am awaiting an assessment from the Adoption Author...More Button

Was asked: the Hague Convention, the number of inter-country adoptions that have taken place here; if there has been no such adoptions when it is expected that inter-country adoptions will recommence; and if ...More Button

In accordance with the Adoption Act, 2010, which came into effect on 1 November 2010, intercountry adoptions can be effected with other countries which have ratified the Hague Convention or with wh...More Button

In the period between the commencement of the Adoption Act, 2010, and 26th January 2012, the latest date for which information is available, a total of 368 foreign adoptions have been registered by...More Button

Was asked: the reasons it was decided to permit only inter-country adoptions from countries which are compliant with the Hague Convention rather than permitting inter-country adoptions when the adoption is co...More Button

In accordance with the Adoption Act, 2010, which came into effect on 1 November 2010, intercountry adoptions can be effected with other countries which have ratified the Hague Convention on Protect...More Button

The Hague Convention is a co-operative agreement drawn up to allow countries to mutually support one another in protecting the best interests of children in the intercountry adoption process. It is...More Button

It is not realistic that the Government, or the AAI, could regulate activities relating to the adoption process outside of these State-to-State arrangements. Nor would it be possible for the AAI to...More Button

The Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) has indicated that its immediate priority is the development of administrative arrangements with other countries which have ratified the Hague Convention. In...More Button

With regard to non-Hague countries, a number of adoptions are being processed under transitional arrangements provided for in the Adoption Act, 2010. Such adoptions may take place up to the end of ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the review of the compatibility of legislation in Kazakhstan with Irish legislation regarding inter-country adoptions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In accordance with the Adoption Act, 2010, which came into effect on 1 November 2010, intercountry adoptions can be effected with other countries which have ratified the Hague Convention or with wh...More Button

The Republic of Kazakhstan has ratified the Hague Convention on International Adoption and is in the process of reforming its legislation to bring it in line with the requirements of the Hague Conv...More Button

In October, 2011 the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) commenced a review of the adoption laws of Kazakhstan. The review of laws is to clarify the precise effects of adoptions effected in Kazakhs...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has been refused child care subvention in band A for their two children in view of the fact that they are recognised as a carer with the Depa...More Button

My Department implements the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme which provides funding to community childcare services to enable them to charge reduced childcare rates to low income and...More Button

Community childcare services qualify for grant aid on the basis of the level of service they provide and the profile of the parents benefiting from their service. Parental declaration forms are su...More Button

I understand that the person referred to by the Deputy has submitted an appeal against the initial determination of subvention and that this appeal is currently being considered. The childcare serv...More Button

Was asked: her plans to continue the early child care and education scheme into 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In line with the Programme for Government, my Department has made a significant commitment to maintaining the universal free pre-school year. In this context the funding for the pre-school year ha...More Button

Pre-school services currently participating in the programme have a legal contractual agreement up to the end of August 2012 and planning is under way for the September 2012/August 2014 period of t...More Button