Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Questions (1391)

Bríd Smith


1391. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice if it will be guaranteed that the promised research on parental alienation and the use of same in the Court system will be carried out in Q3 as part of her Department's Action Plan 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40477/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, to better inform further discussion, my Department has arranged for research on parental alienation to be carried out this year. 

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that, following a tender process, this research is currently underway. The research is examining the international approaches to parental alienation and will help to inform our understanding of the issue, and whether any additional policy or legislative measures are considered appropriate in this area. 

The best interests of the child will of course be paramount in any considerations.