387. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary No. 174 of 19 May 2021, the reason Ireland has failed to provide the information relating to procedural time limits on the eJustice portal after more than three years; the actions she and her predecessor have taken during this time to ensure that this information is made available on the eJustice portal; the reason for the delay in providing information for the eJustice portal; if she will be amending or repealing section 18(h) of the Act in order that Irish citizens can enjoy the same data protection rights as all other EU citizens; and if not, the reason therefor. [32536/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As indicated to the Deputy in reply to his previous questions on this matter, the European e:Justice Portal contains information on both European Union law and the national law of the Member States of the EU.
The Portal is maintained by the European Commission. Information is provided by Member States via the European Judicial Network (EJN). While membership of and responsibility for the EJN is spread across my Department and the Courts Service, the Courts Service is Ireland’s primary contact point.
Under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in its functions.
The factsheet on Irish procedural time-limits to which the Deputy refers, was removed from the Portal for updating on foot of changes to the relevant legislation. It was inadvertently not re-uploaded due to pressure of more significant work. The factsheet has been revised and uploaded to the e:Justice Portal and can be found at: