Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (154)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

154. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of times the Hague Convention on child abduction has been invoked in this State in each of the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21600/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Central Authority for Child Abduction operates in my Department for the purposes of, among other international instruments, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Convention is designed to ensure the prompt return of children who have been removed from one contracting state to another - usually by a parent in defiance of the wishes of the other parent. The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

Year

Total number of cases processed

Total number of new cases

Applications where 1980 Hague Convention invoked only

Applications where 1980 Hague Convention and Brussels II bis* Regulation invoked

2010

233

140

117

46

2011

261

142

125

79

2012

276

147

116

82

2013 (to date)

90

61

19

17

* Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in matrimonial matters and matters of parental responsibility.

Please note some applications would have been processed under other international instruments. Further details are available on my Department's website at www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/International_child_abduction.