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3 Steps Needed to Reduce Family Court Delays

Couples who are separating or divorcing can face long family court delays – up to one year in some areas. That’s according to statistics from the Court Service. Families in Wexford, Tullamore and Dundalk have faced delays of 24 to 52 weeks for a hearing (read more here). But these families also face further delays before they can even apply to court.  Couples are legally required to wait one year …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

Law Society backing for Seanad 2016

Huge thanks to the Law Society for two features in the Law Society Gazette about my candidacy for Seanad Eireann 2016. I have been delighted to receive the formal backing of the Law Society for the Seanad election – they nominated me as their selected candidate for the Cultural and Educational Panel. The Law Society Gazette features  cover:  – life as a barrister and a solicitor– the foil that spurred social conscience– human based needs …Read More

Critical changes needed in our family law system

I’ve spent my life as a parent and a solicitor working to support and empower Children, Families and Communities, and promoting the principle of Social Justice. Having worked for over 20 years in Family and Child Law, I see first-hand on a daily basis, the critical changes which we need to make in our Family Law system. Some of the key changes I will advocate for if elected to Seanad …Read More

My Manifesto for Seanad Eireann 2016, NUI Panel

I’m delighted to announce that I’m running as an Independent candidate for Seanad Eireann 2016, and that I’ve been nominated to run for election to the NUI Panel.  I intend to use both my election campaign and – if elected – my Seanad seat as a platform to promote the changes needed in Government policy and the law to enhance and protect children’s rights and the rights of families. The …Read More

Children’s rights to have their voices heard in Court

Despite some recent changes, there are still issues surrounding children’s rights to have their say in family law courts. I recently spoke with a 14 year old girl who was the subject of family law proceedings before the District Court. The application concerned parentage and access. Mary – not her real name – was adamant that she wanted her views to be heard by the Judge, and when I spoke …Read More