Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 1946

The Department of Health.

2.—(1) The Government may by order appoint a day to be the appointed day for the purposes of this section, and in this section the expression “the appointed day” means the day so appointed.

(2) On the appointed day a Department of State to be styled and known as An Roinn Sláinte or (in English) the Department of Health shall stand established.

(3) The Minister who has charge of the Department of Health shall be styled An tAire Sláinte or (in English) the Minister for Health.

(4) The following enactments, that is to say, the Ministers and Secretaries Acts, 1924 to 1939, and the Act of 1925, shall apply to the Department of Health and the Minister having charge thereof as if that Department had been established by section 1 of the Principal Act.

(5) For the purposes of subsection (1) of section 6 of the Amending Act of 1939, the Department of Health and the office of Minister for Health shall be deemed to have been established immediately upon the passing of this Act, but any order which is made, in relation to that Department or that Minister, under the said subsection (1) before the appointed day, shall not be expressed to come into operation on a date earlier than the appointed day.