Minister Releases Number Of Child Abduction Cases

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today released the 2012 figures on applications dealt with in his Department by the Central Authority for Child Abduction.

The key figures are:

•The Central Authority for Child Abduction dealt with a total of 276 cases in 2012. 147 of these were new cases (5 more than in 2011) while 129 were ongoing cases carried over from 2011.

•Of the 147 new cases involving 192 children, 64 concerned applications into the State (incoming) from other countries while 83 concerned applications from the State (outgoing) to other countries. Of the 129 cases still active from the previous year, 60 were incoming and 69 outgoing.

In summary, a total of 124 incoming cases and 152 outgoing cases were being processed by the Irish Central Authority in liaison with other national Central Authorities.

Minister Shatter said: "Parental child abduction continues to be a worrying problem. Mediation remains the best way for estranged parents and spouses to resolve their differences and reach lasting agreements that work in the best interests of the children involved. As of 1 November 2011, following a Government decision on this matter, the Family Mediation Service became part of the Legal Aid Board and can help families reach agreement without having to resort to court. I would encourage any family in such a situation to access these services and to do so as soon as possible. I will continue to work to improve the measures available to families including through the Mediation Bill which is currently being drafted."


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