As cohabitating and marital relationships between Irish and Non-Irish citizens  are becoming much more  common the removal of a child without the other partners consent, typically after the parents relationship breaks up, is becoming more of an issue. The latest figures from the Department of Justice indicate that they worked on 320 cases of child abduction in 2015.

The Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997 (Section 16) is the starting point for any international child abduction investigation and can only be initiated by a parent or legal guardian.

  • Citizens Information has a very informative page relating to International Child abduction. It provides a definition, outlines the national and international law governing the area and also guides, with the aid of useful links, parents/guardians as to what steps to take if they fear their child has been abducted.

The Department of Justice provides a useful and detailed resource on many of the key issues arising in respect of an incident of suspected child abduction, including both the laws and the processes involved:

Additionally the Department of Justice website explains the following:


Department of Justice and Equality

Legal Aid Board

  • Address: Legal Aid Board, Quay Street, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.
  • Tel: (066) 947 1000 Lo-call No: 1890 615 200  Fax: (066) 947 1035
  • Website: http://www.legalaidboard.ie

Central Authority for Child Abduction


  • Address: Treoir, 14 Gandon House, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1.
  • Tel:+353 (0)1 6700120 Locall:1890 252084    Fax:+353 (0)1 6700199
  • Website: http://www.treoir.ie
  • Email: info@treoir.ie