Written Answers - Constitutional Review.

Tuesday, 31 January 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 613 No. 13

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  214.  Mr. Ferris  Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   her views on the decision by the all-party Oireachtas committee that the Constitution should be amended to give regard to the best interests of the child, rather than to
[1366]provide that the best interests of the child should be paramount as recommended by the constitutional review group. [2994/06]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. B. Lenihan): Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  I am studying the recommendation of the All-Party Committee on the Constitution based on the findings of that group. I am conscious that the committee’s findings were based on a wide consultation with submissions from the public, including individuals and interest groups. I will be considering the recommendation in the context of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, other international instruments to which Ireland is party and the existing provisions of Irish law.

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