Written answers

Thursday, 15 December 2022

Department of Justice and Equality

Family Law Cases

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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291. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 106 of 9 November 2022, if there has been any further progress in the consultation process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [63119/22]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Minister McEntee recently held a public consultation on the topic of parental alienation, which provided a valuable opportunity for stakeholders and citizens to express their views on this complex issue and inform my Department’s thinking on whether any legislative and/or policy changes may be required.

All views, opinions and experiences submitted as part of that consultation have been welcomed. The responses received are being carefully reviewed.

My Department also arranged for a separate strand of independent research on parental alienation to be carried out last year. I am pleased to say that a final report has been received by my Department and is now being reviewed.

It is expected that both the research and the public consultation will create a deeper understanding of the issue, and inform the Department’s consideration of policy and law in this area.

Work is ongoing to integrate these strands of work, and I expect to receive a report outlining the outcome of the research and consultation process and any resulting recommendations to arise from it early in 2023.


Paul Anderson
Posted on 12 Jan 2023 9:15 am (Report this comment)

It is fantastic that the government is researching the reality of Parental Alienation but unfortunate that Bernard Durkan does not accept that it abusively affects both fathers and mothers and most importantly children (for life). Before Christmas he spoke at a national protest organised by Fiona Oleary to stop Parental Aleination being used in evidence in court attended by 20
protestors that got national coverage believe it or not!
About the organisor
For more information about parental alienation in Ireland go to https://alienated.ie/

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