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The Irish Republic (Termination of 1927 Agreement) Order 1979

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Irish Republic (Termination of 1927 Agreement) Order 1979, and shall come into operation on the 30th April 1979.

(2) In this Order “the 1927 Agreement” means the Agreement with the Republic of Ireland referred to in section 4 of the Medical Act 1978.

Repeals and modifications of enactments

2.  In consequence of, or in connection with, the termination on 30th April 1979 of the 1927 Agreement—

(a)the enactments specified in column 1 of the Schedule to this Order, to the extent specified in column 2 thereof, are hereby repealed;

(b)on and after 30th April 1979 the words “or Ireland” in the headnote for Part II of the Medical Act 1956 and in column (1) of Part I of Schedule 3 thereto shall have effect as if there were substituted the words “or Northern Ireland”;

(c)on and after 30th April 1979 Part II of Schedule 3 to the Medical Act 1956 shall have effect with the insertion after the paragraph headed Germany of the following paragraph—

Republic of Ireland

  

A primary qualification granted in the Republic of Ireland after passing a qualifying examination held by a competent examining body and a certificate of experience granted by that body which give entitlement to registration as a fully registered medical practitioner.

(d)in section 2(4) of the Dentists Act 1957, the expression “medical authority” shall be deemed, on and after 30th April 1979, to include the universities and other bodies in the Republic of Ireland which immediately before that date were entitled to choose appointed members of the General Medical Council.

Preserved rights and transitional provisions relating to registration

3.—(1) A person, other than a national of a member State of the European Communities, registered or entitled to be registered under the Medical Act 1956 immediately before this Order has effect in right of a qualification awarded in the Republic of Ireland shall not cease to be so entitled by reason only of the repeal or modification of legislation referred to in Article 2.

(2) A person who, before the 30th April 1985, is awarded a qualification in the Republic of Ireland which but for any such repeal would have entitled him to be provisionally registered under section 17 of the Medical Act 1956 and, on satisfying the requirements of Part II of that Act as to experience, to be fully registered under section 7 thereof, shall, if he applies in accordance with paragraph (3) of this Article, be eligible for such provisional registration and subsequently for such full registration as if those sections applied to his qualifications and as if section 17(4) thereof remained in force.

(3) An application for registration or provisional registration by a person to whom paragraph (1) or (2) of this Article applies shall be made to the Registrar of the General Medical Council; the application, if for provisional registration within the said paragraph (2), shall be made not later than 30th April 1986 and, if for full registration within that paragraph, not later than 30th April 1987.

Continuance in office of members of the General Medical Council

4.  The members of the General Medical Council elected under the provisions of section 4(1)(c) of the Medical Act 1956 by fully registered persons resident in Ireland, and members appointed under the provisions of section 3(1) of that Act by universities or other bodies in Ireland, shall not, by reason only of the repeal or modification of any legislation referred to in Article 2, cease to be such members.

N.E. Leigh

Clerk of the Privy Council

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