Child Care Act, 1991


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

“area”, in relation to a health board, means functional area;

“child” means a person under the age of 18 years other than a person who is or has been married;

“functions” includes powers and duties;

“health board” means a health board established under the Health Act, 1970 ;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Health;

“parents” includes a surviving parent and, in the case of a child who has been adopted under the Adoption Acts, 1952 to 1988, or, where the child has been adopted outside the State, whose adoption is recognised by virtue of the law for the time being in force in the State, means the adopter or adopters or the surviving adopter;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister.

(2) In this Act—

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

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

(c) a reference to any other enactment shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended or extended by or under any other enactment, including this Act.