Healy O'Connor

Children’s Referendum

The Government has defended its decision to postpone the proposed referendum on children’s rights until next year and insists it is “completely committed” to holding a vote on the issue. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday the Government decided the referendum would not get the kind of focus it needed if it was held […]

Children in Care – Victims of the System Set up to Protect Them?

In recent days, the National Review Panel (NRP) which has been charged with investigating the circumstances of child deaths while in care, has revealed that 46 children known to care services have died since the start of 2010 including 13 in the first four months of 2012 alone. The HSE who is responsible for children […]

Maintenance of Children

The issue of Maintenance in my experience always seems to cause conflict between parents. Unfortunately the dispute between the parents can result in one party not happy paying a certain amount for Maintenance and the other party not happy receiving what is offered. Understandably the issue of money can be a sore point when couples […]

Family Law: Children as Weapons of Choice

    A Judge in the UK has made some very interesting comments in a family law case concerning care proceedings in relation to four children. The mother of the children petitioned for Divorce in January 2014 asserting that her husband was displaying “arrogance and endeavouring to show superiority and seeking power and control over […]