'Devious, self-serving, duplicitous' - Judge hits out at mum in custody battle
A judge has described a mother, who has alleged that her former partner sexually abused their five-year-old daughter, as 'devious, self-serving and duplicitous'.
The father has not seen his two children since February after the children's mother complained to the gardaí and other authorities that he had sexually abused their only daughter.
At the family law court in Ennis, Judge Patrick Durcan said that he believed the mother had "concocted a version of events, irrespective of the effect of that approach on others, particularly her children, to serve her own purposes".
Judge Durcan said that the authorities have to date found no evidential basis for the mother's sex abuse allegation.
The judge noted that the sex abuse allegation is vehemently denied by the children's father.
Judge Durcan ordered that the Child and Family Agency (CFA) refer the girl to be assessed by the statutory child sex abuse unit in Galway.
The father had applied to court for sole custody.
The judge said that "it is not in the interests of the children that they be deprived of their mother's custodial rights at this time. However, the continuance of those rights is dependent on the mother's future attitude to the children and the father," he said.