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# Family Courts

This year
Significant recommendation to make children's voices a 'priority' in family justice system
The recommendation suggests that by including the voice of the child it ensures they are “heard and considered”.
All time
Our family law courts are not fit for purpose and we owe it to children to address this now
CEO of One Family Karen Kiernan says we desperately need a new modern, fit-for-purpose family law system.
'A breeding ground for abuse': Children at risk behind the closed doors of Covid-19
The second part of Noteworthy’s investigation into domestic abuse finds vulnerable children are losing out on supports and escape during the pandemic.
"I feel constantly suffocated": The domestic violence epidemic raging behind closed doors of Covid-19
The first part of Noteworthy’s in-depth investigation into domestic abuse finds that services are dangerously underfunded during the coronavirus crisis.
Concern at increasing levels of 'aggression, threats and violence' towards barristers
The Bar Council is calling for an increased garda presence at courts and for screening facilities to be installed at all courthouses.
Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children
An Oireachtas committee will today hear from various interest groups about proposals to reform the family law system.
'Cramped, grim courts are no place for children': Calls for improved family courts to be rolled out
The Law Society of Ireland says a 21st century approach to family law is needed.
Opinion: 'A father’s right to access should not outweigh a child’s right to safety'
Child protection and safety should be prioritised in all custody and access proceedings, writes Margaret Martin.
Care order extended for child whose mother tested positive for cocaine, cannabis and sedatives
The court was told the mother had been going to rehab but had fallen back in with drug use.
Child whose foster parent died will be moved so no 'attachments' are formed in temporary home
It is hoped the child will be placed in a long-term home after the summer.
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everybody’s talking about protests outside Leinster House, Lucinda Creighton, and Scottish independence.
A Week in the Family Court: 'There needs to be intervention before we reach crisis point' spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here’s what the people working in child protection think needs to be done.
A Week in the Family Court: 6,500 children are in care - here are some of their stories spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here are a selection of the care orders that appeared before the courts.
Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts
The easing of the in camera rule in Irish family courts will see many social issues come to light – many of which may have been hidden behind from the public for generations, writes Katherine Irwin.
Referendum will allow radical reform of courts system
The Cabinet has approved plans for a major reform to the courts service – including the possibility of a secular oath for judges.