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Special report: Parents prevented from seeing their children after separation or divorce are behind a campaign to have parental alienation officially recognised as child abuse, writes Maria Pepper

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Wexford became the 24th county to pass a council motion on Parental Alienation

Wexford became the 24th county to pass a council motion on Parental Alienation

Aspects of post-separation abuse

Aspects of post-separation abuse

Cllr Leonard Kelly, who brought the motion before Wexford County Council

Cllr Leonard Kelly, who brought the motion before Wexford County Council

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Wexford became the 24th county to pass a council motion on Parental Alienation

Parents in County Wexford who are isolated from their children following separation or divorce, have welcomed the unanimous passing of a motion by Wexford County Council, calling on the Irish Government to recognise Parental Alienation as a form of child abuse requiring specific legal measures.

Wexford became the 24th county in Ireland to officially request that the relevant Government departments recognise Parental Alienation as a crime and a form of coercive control and implement recommendation 36 of the October 2019 Report on the Reform of the Family Law System.

The move follows the lobbying of Wexford TDs, senators and councillors by alienated parents including a Wexford mother who described the council decision supported by all members as 'an important day for me and many other parents and their children'.