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Roisin O'Shea: The alarm bells have been ringing for more than two decades on family court problems

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Children’s views were not heard directly by the judge in any of the family law cases studied for the research. Picture posed. Thinkstock Images

Children’s views were not heard directly by the judge in any of the family law cases studied for the research. Picture posed. Thinkstock Images

Children’s views were not heard directly by the judge in any of the family law cases studied for the research. Picture posed. Thinkstock Images

I WANTED to carry out research that puts a spotlight on our family courts, warts and all, to shake out the dust and debris accumulated from over 200 years of custom and practice.

The aim of my project was to carry out a holistic review of the family law system in Ireland, by examining the Circuit Court, which hears approximately 98pc of all divorces and judicial separations.


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