Shatter, Alan

Wednesday, 4 November 1987

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 374 No. 10

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Status of Children Bill, 1986 [Seanad]: Committee Stage (Resumed).

Despite what the Minister said, it seems he had moved part of the way from where he was the last day. The points I was making in favour of the amendments tabled are that they refer to blood tests and ...More Button

I am not sure what part of the body the Deputy thinks they will remove.More Button

I move amendment No. 55: In page 26, subsection (2), line 6, to delete “if any person named in the direction fails” and substitute “if any person who has made a application under section 38 and who is...More Button

It seems that there are two contradictory sections here. Subsection (1) of section 45 says: Where a court gives a direction under section 41 of this Act and any person fails to take any step required...More Button

I am afraid what the Minister has said makes no sense at all because at the end of the day a court will have to make a decision as to whether the person is or is not the father of a particular child. ...More Button

If the Minister agrees to reconsider it before Report Stage I will not formally put the matter to a vote now. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

I support the amendment Deputy Taylor has tabled and it would appear to me that the Minister does also. We have just had a circuitous argument as to why the amendment is not necessary. The circuitous ...More Button

I move amendment No. 59: In page 27, before section 49, to insert the following new section: 49.—Where a woman gives birth to a child she shall be presumed to be the mother of such child and this pres...More Button

The Minister's first objection to the amendment seemed to be that it reflected what the common law provides already. That does not seem to be an objection; it seems to be in agreement with it. The s...More Button

I do not know whether it comes within the area of the Minister for Health or the Minister for Justice. It would seem to come within their joint areas. Perhaps the Minister could indicate when his co...More Button

I do not want to labour the point unduly. The Minister might indicate whether such consultations have commenced. I am willing to consider withdrawing this amendment but I should like to know whethe...More Button

I move amendment No. 60: In page 27, lines 34 to 39, to delete subsection (2) and substitute the following subsection: “(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section where a married woman who is ...More Button

I should like to ask the Minister to circulate the amendments he will be tabling at least a day and a half before we deal with Report Stage so that we will have an opportunity to consider them.More Button


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