DIT hosts Seminar on Family Law


Mary Wilson, RTÉ (who chaired the event)
and Karen Kiernan, CEO, One Family

January 26th 2010

The Department of Law in DIT recently hosted a lunchtime seminar on the issue of family law. The focus for the seminar was on the recent Law Reform Commission consultation paper on the Legal Aspects of Family Relationships(available on the Law Reform Commission website).

The seminar was chaired by Mary Wilson, former Legal Affairs correspondent in RTE and current presenter of Drivetime on RTE Radio 1. The speakers included Special Rapporteur on Children and Chair of the Adoption Authority, Geoffrey Shannon, Solicitor Ciara Matthews of Gallagher Shatter Solicitors, and Dr. Fergus Ryan, Lecturer in Law at DIT.

The seminar was attended by over 60 delegates from the NGO sector, along with representatives of the Law Reform Commission and other state agencies. It was organised by One Family, an organisation working to "ensure a positive and equal future for all members of all one-parent families in Ireland – changing attitudes, services, policies and lives." In addition to striving for structural change, One Family supports individual one-parent families and those experiencing a crisis pregnancy.


(l to r) Candy Murphy, Social Policy Officer, One Family; Fergus Ryan, Lecturer in Law, DIT;
Karen Kiernan, CEO, One Family; Geoffrey Shannon, Lecturer in Law, DIT,
Chair, Adoption Authority, Special Rapporteur on Children;
Ciara Matthews, Solicitor, Gallagher, Shatter Solicitors.

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