174. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 1493 of 21 April 2021, the relevant legislation that has been changed; the changes to relevant legislation in Irish national law that have been enacted that has necessitated changes to information on the eJustice portal; the way in which the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union is relevant to this matter; the reason for the removal of the information given that two different reasons have now been given for the removal of information from the eJustice portal (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26768/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As previously indicated to the Deputy, the procedural time-limits factsheet to which the Deputy refers, was removed from the e:Justice Portal for updating on foot of changes to the relevant legislation. That relevant legislation concerns the calculation of procedural time limits. This includes an outdated reference to the Interpretation Act 1937, which, although correct at the time the factsheet was drawn up and placed on the Portal, was subsequently overtaken by the repeal of the 1937 Act by the Interpretation Act 2005.
This issue is not in any way connected with the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The notice posted on the Portal by the European Commission to the effect that Member States were in the process of updating some of the content on this website, i.e., the Portal, in the light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, should be read as applying to the entirety of the content of the Portal and to all Member States, not Ireland specifically.