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19 2004

Health (Amendment) Act 2004


Preliminary and General

Short title, collective citation, construction and commencement.

1. —(1) This Act may be cited as the Health (Amendment) Act 2004 .

(2) The Health Acts 1947 to 2001 and this Act may be cited as the Health Acts 1947 to 2004 and shall be construed together as one Act.

(3) This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes and for the repeal of different enactments effected by section 3 and the Schedule.


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

“Act of 1996” means the Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 1996 ;

“Act of 1999” means the Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act 1999 ;

“Area Health Board” has the meaning assigned to it by the Act of 1999;

“Eastern Regional Health Authority” means the Eastern Regional Health Authority established by section 7 of the Act of 1999;

“health board” has the same meaning as it has in the Principal Act;

“Minister” means the Minister for Health and Children;

“Principal Act” means the Health Act 1970 ; and

“Regional Chief Executive” has the meaning assigned to it by section 12 of the Act of 1999.

(2) In this Act—

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

(b) a reference to a subsection is a reference to the subsection of the section 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, adapted or extended, whether before or after the commencement of this subsection, by or under any subsequent enactment.


3. —(1) The enactments mentioned in column (2) of the Schedule are repealed to the extent mentioned in column (3) of that Schedule.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the following provisions of the Health Board Regulations 1970 (S.I. No. 170 of 1970) shall continue in force after the commencement of subsection (1) (insofar as that subsection relates to section 4 of the Principal Act), that is to say:

(a) paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 5;

(b) paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 6;

(c) paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 7;

(d) paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 8;

(e) paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 9;

(f) paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 10; and

(g) paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 11.