Thursday, 11 April 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Fiona O'Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
Yesterday I attended the launch of the Women's Aid impact report of 2018, which focused on children let down by the system and we learned there were more than 20,000 referrals last year. I could raise many issues but I will focus on one, that of the family law courts. We have a state-of-the-art court building for criminals but what families who are going through the most difficult of circumstances must endure in Dolphin House is appalling. I attended the launch three years ago and at the invitation of the chair, I spent a morning there to see how bad the situation was. At that time we were told there was a place for a new law court on Hatch Street that was shovel ready but three years later nothing has happened and the situation has worsened. I want to ask the Tánaiste about the provision of a family law court to deal with people who find themselves in very difficult situations in Dublin.