Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Decisions in the Irish Courts

It is good to see reported in the Irish Times the decision of the Irish courts not to intervene in the case of an English couple who brought their children to Ireland to try to avoid care proceedings in England.

The Irish Courts ruled that the children should be returned to England under the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and rejected the parents’ claims that the Irish Constitution offered sanctuary from child protection regimes in other countries where adoption without parental consent was possible.

Mr Justice O’Donnell is reported as saying Irish and English adoption law are on the ‘same spectrum’.

It is gratifying to see the legal systems of the two countries working in harmony.