To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the Children and Family Relationships Bill; when it is envisaged that this will be published and introduced into Dáil Éireann; and if it is intended that the Bill be enacted prior to the referendum on Marriage Equality – Seán Kyne
Reply: Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald
The General Scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill has now been finalised, taking account, inter alia, of the report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality. It is intended that drafting should begin shortly, following Cabinet approval of the draft Scheme. I am working towards a deadline of December for publication of the Bill and for its introduction into Dail Eireann, with the subsequent legislative stages to take place as soon as possible thereafter. It is intended that the Bill would be enacted prior to the referendum on marriage equality.