Genealogy and Heraldry Bill 2006

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The Genealogy and Heraldry Bill 2006 was a private member's bill introduced in Seanad Éireann by Brendan Ryan to reform the statuory basis for the office of Chief Herald of Ireland.[1][2] The bill was drafted by Michael Merrigan, co-founder of the Genealogical Society of Ireland (GSI).[2] The bill has its second reading in December 2006, but lapsed with the dissolution of the Dáil and Seanad for the 2007 election.[3] The status of the herald's office had previously been the topic of an adjournment debate in 1995,[4] and was amended by the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997,[5] legislation which the GSI regards as flawed.[6]


  1. ^ Seanad debates Vol.185 c.1268
  2. ^ a b Seanad debates Vol.185 cc.1268–98
  3. ^ "Genealogy and Heraldry Bill 2006 (Seanad) (PMB) (No 23 of 2006)". Oireachtas. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Seanad debates Vol.144 cc.1936–44
  5. ^ National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 Irish Statute Book
  6. ^ "Heraldry in Ireland". Genealogical Society of Ireland. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 

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