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Child Abduction: the need to act quickly

A parent needs to act quickly in cases of child abduction. That is the conclusion to be drawn from a recent decision of the High Court. Child abduction involves the removal of a child to another country by one parent without the permission of the other parent.  In the case of JJ v PJ, earlier this year the High Court in Ireland refused the application by the father of a …Read More

Shortlisted for Irish Law Awards 2017

I’m delighted to be shortlisted among some great nominees for the Irish Law Awards 2017. I’ve been selected as a Finalist for Leinster Provincial Solicitor of the Year and for Family Law Team/Lawyer of the Year, and it means more than I can say to receive this kind of recognition from my peers. The panel who select the shortlisted finalists is made up mainly of members of the profession, and …Read More

Easing the trauma of divorce in family law courts

Cutting the compulsory 4-year wait time for a divorce in Ireland in half would be a welcome change for families facing marital breakdown. It could help many couples avoid going through a legal separation process, in addition to divorce proceedings – which can involve going through the family law courts twice over. However, this change will take time. In the meantime I believe there are many steps which our government …Read More

DM Burke open new office in Wicklow Town

DM Burke Solicitors are delighted to announce that we have now opened new offices at 1 Upper New Street, Wicklow Town. “I started off my professional career – 23 years ago! – working in the Legal Aid Board in Wicklow Town, and afterwards in private practice in Wicklow,” says Deirdre Burke, principal of the practice. “So in many ways Wicklow is not new to me, and I’m delighted with the …Read More

How 2-year divorce will help separating couples

Since divorce was introduced in Ireland in 1996, there has always a compulsory waiting time of 4 years before proceedings for divorce could begin after a couple separated.  Now there is a proposal from Josepha Madigan TD to reduce the waiting time for Divorce in Ireland from 4 years, and introduce 2-year divorce. Such a change will require an amendment to the Constitution, but the reduction in the waiting time …Read More

Why I am standing for the Law Society Council

I’m delighted to have been nominated as a candidate in the forthcoming Law Society Council Elections. I would appreciate your support and ask you to consider me when casting your ballot before polling ends at 5.00pm on Thursday 27th October. Why I am Seeking Election I believe that smaller practices, both inside and outside of Dublin, need greater representation within the Law Society. I believe in diversity. I believe it’s important …Read More

Irish Legal News feature this week:

Saying a big thanks to Irish Legal News for featuring me this week. Here’s an excerpt to start you off….. This week Deirdre Burke of DM Burke Solicitors, a specialist family and child law solicitor in Co Wicklow, speaks to Irish Legal News for our regular Just A Minute feature. ILN: What has been your best experience as a lawyer? Without a doubt this was being the lead solicitor in …Read More

Children’s Media Law Seminar 2016

I’m looking forward to attending and addressing the Children’s Media Law Seminar 2016, which takes place on 26 Oct 2016, at Chartered Accountants House in Dublin. It’s a half-day CPD event, which  will discuss various aspects of the law relating to the protection of children with regard to publication in the media Key topics to be debated at the seminar will include: Review of the “In Camera” rule in Family Law …Read More

Addressing the gaps in our Child Protection system

Every Child has a legal right to be protected from abuse and neglect, and the State is charged with vindicating that right. While certain progress has been made in child protection, much remains to be done to protect and support vulnerable children and to reduce risk. The key areas which need to be addressed urgently include: • Staff vacancies in Social Work departments countrywide must be filled, to ensure that …Read More

Equality for Children with Disabilities – Platform for Seanad 16

Did you know that 13% of people in Ireland have a disability? Children with disabilities make up around 5% of all those under the age of 14. Children and adults who have a disability are at greater risk of poverty, social exclusion and educational exclusion. As a parent of a child who has a profound hearing impairment, I have been involved with disability services in the medical and educational sphere, for the …Read More