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Competition Amendment Act 2010

Competition Amendment Act 2010


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Number 12 of 2010

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COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2010

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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Section
1. Definition.
2. Amendment of section 35 of Principal Act.
3. Short title and collective citation.
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[No. 12.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2010. [2010.]

Acts Referred to

Competition Act 2002 2002, No. 14 Competition Acts 2002 and 2006

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Number 12 of 2010

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COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) ACT 2010

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AN ACT TO AMEND THE COMPETITION ACT 2002; AND TO PROVIDE FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH.
[19th June, 2010]
BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

1.—In this Act “Principal Act” means the Competition Act 2002.

2.—Section 35 of the Principal Act is amended by—

(a) the insertion of the following subsection after subsection
(2):
“(2A) (a) If a member of the Authority dies, retires, resigns, ceases to be qualified for office and ceases to hold office, is removed from office or otherwise ceases to be a member of the Auth­ ority, the Minister may, subject to subsections (4) and (5) (inserted by section 2 of the Compe­ tition (Amendment) Act 2010), appoint a person to be a member of the Authority to fill the vacancy so occasioned.
(b) Paragraph (a) shall not operate to prevent the appointment of a person to be a member of the Authority under subsection (1)(a) to fill a vacancy occasioned by any of the circum­ stances referred to in the said paragraph (a).”,
(b) the substitution of the following subsection for subsection
(4):
“(4) Subsection (3) does not apply to—
(a) an appointment under paragraph (b) or (c) of subsection (1) or the reappointment under that subsection of a person as a member of the Authority (including a person who was a member of the Authority immediately before the passing of the Competition (Amendment) Act 2010), or
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Definition.

Amendment of section 35 of Principal Act.

S.2

Short title and collective citation.

[No. 12.] Competition (Amendment) Act 2010. [2010.]

(b) an appointment under subsection (2A) (inserted by paragraph (a) of section 2 of the Compe­ tition (Amendment) Act 2010) of a person as a member of the Authority.”,
(c) the substitution of the following subsection for subsection
(5):
“(5) An appointment under paragraph (b) or (c) of sub­ section (1) or subsection (2A) shall not be made unless the person who the Minister proposes to appoint possesses, in the opinion of the Minister, sufficient expertise in, or experience of, one or more of the following areas, namely, law, economics, public administration, consumer affairs, or business generally.”,
(d) the insertion of the following subsections after subsection
(6):
“(6A) Notwithstanding subsection (6), a person appointed to be a member of the Authority under subsec­ tion (2A) shall, subject to subsection (6B) (inserted by paragraph (d) of section 2 of the Competition (Amendment) Act 2010), hold office for such period not exceeding 6 months as the Minister may determine com­ mencing on the date of his or her appointment.
(6B) The Minister may extend a period of appointment under subsection (6A) for—
(a) such period not exceeding 6 months as he or she may determine, or
(b) such periods, the aggregate of which shall not exceed 6 months, as he or she may determine.”,
and
(e) the insertion of the following subsection after subsection
(7):
“(7A) A person appointed to be a member of the
Authority under subsection (2A) shall, subject to section
36, be eligible to be appointed to be a member of the
Authority under subsection (1), upon the expiration of—
(a) the period referred to in subsection (6A), or
(b) that period as extended under subsection (6B), as may be appropriate, unless he or she was removed from
office pursuant to subsection (12).”.

3.—(1) This Act may be cited as the Competition (Amendment) Act 2010.

(2) The Competition Acts 2002 and 2006 and this Act may be cited together as the Competition Acts 2002 to 2010.
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