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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Court takes baby from mum and sends her 
to dad in UK

Ray Managh

Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30

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The woman travelled here to escape social services in the UK
The woman travelled here to escape social services in the UK

The way has been cleared for the transfer to the UK of an Irish-born baby girl whose mother had come to Ireland to "escape social services" in that jurisdiction.

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The child was born at a private residence in Ireland in January to a mother who suffers from psychological problems, the High Court heard.

Childcare proceedings had already been brought in respect of an older child.

Last month Mr Justice George Birmingham ruled that the child should be returned to the UK as it was in her best interests and because the UK was best placed to deal with her care.

Transfer

Ms Justice Iseult O Malley has now granted the Child and Family Agency CFA orders allowing the transfer of the child to the UK and granting the agency leave to make arrangements with social services in England for the transfer.

Barrister Sarah McKechnie for the CFA said the mother, a British citizen, had travelled to Ireland on a false ID "to escape social services in the UK."

She said the child was taken into care in Ireland shortly after birth and after a concerned neighbour had made representations to the authorities.

Since taken into care she had been with a foster family. The woman's other child is currently being cared for in the UK by the children's father. Counsel said that it was envisaged that after a short period the baby girl born in Ireland would also be placed in the care of her father.

Irish Independent

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