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CHILDREN ACT, 1997

PART I

PRELIMINARY AND GENERAL

Short title, commencement and collective citation.

1. —(1) This Act may be cited as the Children Act, 1997.

(2) This Act, except section 11 (insofar as it inserts sections 20,21, 22, 26, 28 and 29 into the Act of 1964) and Part III shall come into operation one month after the date of its passing.

(3) Section 11 (insofar as it inserts sections 20, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29 into the Act of 1964) and Part III shall come into operation on such day or days as may be fixed by the Minister by order or orders, either generally or with reference to a particular purpose or provision, and different days may be so fixed for different purposes and different provisions.

(4) An order under subsection (3) relating to section 11 , insofar as that order relates to section 47(1)(b) of the Family Law Act, 1995, shall not be made without the consent of the Minister for Health and Children.

(5) The Act of 1964 (as amended by the Succession Act, 1965 , the Courts Act, 1981 , the Age of Majority Act, 1985 , the Status of Children Act, 1987 , the Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act, 1989 , the Child Care Act, 1991 , and the Courts Act, 1991 ) and this Act (except Part III ) may be cited together as the Guardianship of Children Acts, 1964 to 1997, and shall be construed together as one Act.

Interpretation.

2. —(1) In this Act—

the Act of 1964” means the Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964 ;

the Minister” means the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

(2) In this Act—

(a) a reference to a Part or section is a reference to a Part or section of this Act, unless it is indicated that a reference to some other enactment is intended,

(b) a reference to a subsection or paragraph is a reference to the subsection or paragraph of the provision in which the reference occurs, unless it is indicated that a reference to some other provision is intended, and

(c) a reference to any enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended by or under any subsequent enactment.

Expenses.

3. —Any expenses incurred by the Minister, the Minister for Health and Children or the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs in the administration of this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.