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COMHAIRLE ACT, 2000

PART I

Preliminary And General

Short title.

1. — This Act may be cited as the Comhairle Act, 2000 .

Interpretation.

2. —(1) In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—

“advocacy services” includes services in which the interests of a person seeking a social service are represented in order to assist such person in securing entitlements to such service but does not include legal representation.

“Board” has the meaning assigned by section 6 ;

“establishment day” means the day appointed under section 3 to be the establishment day for the purposes of this Act;

“former Board” means the National Social Service Board;

“functions” includes powers and duties, and references to the performance of functions include, as respects powers and duties, references to the exercise of the powers and the carrying out of the duties;

“health board” means—

(a) a health board established under the Health Act, 1970 ,

(b) the Eastern Regional Health Authority, or

(c) an Area Health Board established under the Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act, 1999 ;

“Minister” means the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs;

“statutory body” means—

(a) a Department of State,

(b) a health board,

(c) a local authority,

(d) the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland,

(e) a board or other body (but not a company) established by or under statute,

(f) a company in which all the shares are held by, or on behalf of, or by directors appointed by, a Minister of the Government, or

(g) a company in which all the shares are held by a board, company or other body referred to in paragraph (e) or (f) of this definition;

“voluntary body” means—

(a) a body corporate, or

(b) an unincorporated body of persons,

other than a statutory body.

(2) In this Act—

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

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

(3) A reference to another enactment is to that enactment as amended or modified at any time by any enactment.

Establishment day.

3. — The Minister shall by order appoint a day to be the establishment day for the purposes of this Act.

Expenses.

4. — The expenses incurred by the Minister 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.

Repeal.

5. — The National Social Service Board Act, 1984 , is, with effect from the establishment day, hereby repealed.