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Tuesday 22 January 2019

State handled 346 cases of child abduction last year

THE Department of Justice dealt with 346 cases concerning international child abduction last year, it has emerged.

And the cases, which included incoming and outgoing applications, related primarily to parental child abductions.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is the minister responsible for dealing with cases of international child abduction, under laws enacted in 1991.

According to figures released yesterday by her department, 208 of the cases dealt with last year were new applications, while 138 ongoing cases active from previous years.

Of the 208 cases, 101 were applications made to Ireland form a foreign jurisdiction, for children who were taken here.

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Ireland made 107 applications regarding children taken to other jurisdictions in the same period.

The majority of new applications, at 49pc, were related to the three UK authorities - England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A total of 52pc of applications related to a child abduction into, or out of, Ireland.

The remaining applications related the care of children across jurisdictions, including international child placements, 22pc, access to child applications, 11pc, and social reports, 9pc.

Ms Fitzgerald said that parental child abduction was a growing problem globally, owing to greater international mobility.

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