Author Archives: Dr Louise Crowley

Examining the Enforceability of Irish Pre-nuptial Agreements – Áine Horgan

Examining the Enforceability of Irish Pre-nuptial Agreements – Áine Horgan Pre-nuptial agreements are typically executed to protect assets prior to marriage and become operational in the event of a marriage breakdown. Ross Alyward has stated that pre-nuptial agreements are drafted … Continue reading

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Ireland 2017 – forcible adoption of children in State care? by Caroline O’Meara

Adoption involves a child being adopted by someone who is not their birth parent whereby the legal rights and responsibilities are transferred from the birth parent(s) to the adoptive parent(s). Recent changes to adoption law have brought about significant changes. … Continue reading

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Are we there yet? – Realising the rights of the Child – Linda Kearin

Ireland has a disturbing past with regard to the protection of children and the vindication of their rights. The recent shameful history of child abuse in Ireland demonstrated by the Ryan and Roscommon Reports, and more recently ‘Grace’ has led … Continue reading

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Grandparent Rights? Another layer in the complex area of family law – Redmond Powell

The typical Irish family has changed significantly since the birth of today’s grandparents. The commonplace larger families have reduced in size and many modern families rely on grandparents for much more than just weekend visits. However, a substantial amount of … Continue reading

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Protecting the Victims of Domestic Violence – Rachel Condon

Rate of Abuse Statistically, according to Women’s Aid, Ireland has the second highest number of women avoiding places or situations for fear of being assaulted out of all EU countries. In a 2014 study entitled “Violence Against Women: An EU-Wide … Continue reading

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Is it time to resurrect Civil Partnership? – Anne Ahern

Is it time to resurrect Civil Partnership? – Anne Ahern The recent UK Court of Appeal decision in Steinfeld and Keidan v the Secretary of State for Health, brings to mind the short life of the Irish Civil Partnership. Created … Continue reading

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Spousal maintenance after divorce, time for change? – Anne Horan

Spousal maintenance after divorce – Time for change? Anne Horan Following the break-down of a marriage, the parties may well try to go their separate ways, but often this is not easily achieved. Who continues to live in the family … Continue reading

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A Housing Crisis – Ireland’s families in turmoil – Donal Hynes

Due to the housing crisis the rental market has faced major hikes in costs, with rents in Dublin rising 8.8 percent in the year to March 2016, and by 16 percent in the last twelve months in Cork. This has … Continue reading

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Cohabitation in Ireland: Happily Never After?

Cohabitation in Ireland: Happily Never After? Deirdre Kelleher As the country becomes accustomed to life after the successful Marriage Equality referendum it is worth pausing to consider the lived reality of thousands of Irish couples for whom equality remains elusive. … Continue reading

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The position of the perpetrator in Irish Domestic Violence law

The position of the perpetrator in Irish Domestic Violence law  By Aislinn Collins Women’s Aid has defined domestic violence as “one person trying to control and assert power over their partner in an intimate relationship”. It can manifest as physical … Continue reading

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