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:
- Applying for the return of a child/access to a child taken abroad: This page gives a detailed outline of the international law as it applies to child abduction, explaining the categories of children to whom this law is applicable, and, it outlines how to make an application for the return of a child in such circumstances.
- International child abduction where parents are not married to each other: This page from Treoir outlines the rules regarding both national and international child abduction in circumstances where the parents of the child are not married to each other, providing useful links for those who fear their child has been abducted including details of related support services.
Department of Justice and Equality
- Address: 94 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2,
- Tel: Lo-Call: 1890 221 227
- Website: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/International_child_abduction
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Department of Justice and Equality, Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill
- Tel: 01 4790200 Fax: 01 4790201
- Email: email@example.com