Tuesday 24 January 2017

Lack of justice for fathers one of biggest scandals of our time

Lorraine Courtney

Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30

Father's Rights held a public stunt outside the Four Courts to highlight legal difficulties.
Father's Rights held a public stunt outside the Four Courts to highlight legal difficulties.

Father's Day was celebrated in many households around the country yesterday, with cards and gifts – but for some it was cold comfort, a bitter day with little to celebrate.

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Last Friday Fathers' Rights Ireland held a public stunt outside the Four Courts where they used a medieval pillory to symbolise the legal torture dads can be put through when relationships with their children's mother turn sour.

Here in Ireland, a father needs to be married in order to get automatic guardianship of his children. When a couple isn't married, the mother remains the sole legal guardian until the father looks for guardianship.

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