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Irish Naturlisation and Immigration Service – www.inis.gov.ie
The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) was established in 2005 in order to provide a ‘one stop shop’ in relation to asylum, immigration, citizenship and visas. The INIS is responsible for administering the administrative functions of the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to asylum, immigration (including Visas) and citizenship matters. The INIS also facilitates a whole of government approach to immigration and asylum issues which enables a more efficient service to be provided in these areas.

Courts Service Ireland: Paternity info – www.dataprotection.ie

Paternity and declaration of parentage

Where parents are married to each other there is a presumption in law that the husband is the father of the child unless the contrary is proved. If parents are not married to each other there is no presumption in law as to who is the father of the child, unless the father’s name is on the birth certificate.

Fathers who are not married to the mother of their children and are not named on the birth certificate may need to prove paternity in order to apply for guardianship, custody or access to their children.

Children of parents who are not married to each other may have to prove paternity in order to get their maintenance or inheritance entitlements.

If a father acknowledges paternity he can agree to have his name added to the birth certificate.

What happens when paternity is in dispute?

When paternity is in dispute the court may order that the parties to the case undergo paternity testing before an order can be made. If the court orders that testing be carried out it may also direct who is to pay the cost of the testing. This may be the mother, the alleged father or the costs could be shared. Paternity testing is not part of the public health system and there is no court fund out of which the costs of tests can be paid.

Paternity testing for Ireland is conducted outside the State. You can either contact the laboratory yourself (they will ask you to select a GP to undertake the tests), or you can go to one of the specialist agencies in Ireland that will organise a test for you.

Postal Address:
The Courts Service
15 – 24 Phoenix Street
Smithfield Dublin 7
The telephone number for the main switch is +353 1 888 6000.

Children’s Legal Centre www.childrenslegalcentre.com
The Children’s Legal Centre is a unique, independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people.

The Children’s Legal Centre has many years of experience in providing legal advice and representation to children, their carers and professionals throughout the UK.

It opened in 1981, as the major UK project for the International Year of the Child, and is staffed by lawyers and professionals with experience in child law.

Postal Address:
The Children’s Legal Centre
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Tel: 01206 872466
Email: [email protected]

British and Irish Legal Information Institute – www.bailii.org

BAILII includes 46 databases covering 7 jurisdictions. The system contains over seven gigabytes of legal materials and around 400,000 searchable documents with about 15 million internal hypertext links.

Under the Irish section, there is:

* Irish legislation since 1922

* Irish Supreme Court Decisions from 1999

* Irish High Court Decisions from 1996

* Irish Competition Authority Decisions from 1991

* Irish Information Commissioner’s Decisions from 1998

Some of the most recent Irish materials and also a major collection of leading Irish cases, are not on bailii for some technical reasons but are now on a separate site called Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII) at www.irlii.org awaiting placement on bailii. IRLII is co-ordinated and funded by University College Cork Law Faculty, who also co-ordinate the Irish materials on the BAILII site. There is also a database of Leading Irish Cases organised by subject area, and the first complete index of decisions of the Irish High Court and Supreme Court, spanning the period 1997-2001, including citations of cases reported in the Irish Reports and Irish Law Reports Monthly, as well as links to the text of the decisions on BAILII (if available).

Irish Law Society – www.lawsociety.ie

The Irish Law Society offers a very useful and practice-based set of resources. Various sections describe the work of the Law Society, its members’ services, trainee services, how to become a solicitor and details of their diplomas and CPD courses. There is a directory of solicitors firms which can be searched by name or location. You can view details of relevant legal Events, News on current bills and Parliamentary developments, and issues of the Gazette in pdf form.

The Library service provides lists of Acts of Parliament passed since 1998 with brief descriptions of the acts and the commencement dates. The links section is very comprehensive and is one of the best sources available for Irish Legal resources.

Postal Address:
Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, Ireland
Tel: + 353 1 672 4800 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Fax: + 353 1 672 4801
DX 79 Dublin
Email: [email protected]

Citizens Information – www.citizensinformation.ie

Citizens Information is an Irish eGovernment website provided by the Citizens Information Board. The site provides public service information for Ireland. It covers Birth, Family and Relationships, Education and Training, Employment, Environment, European government, Elections and referenda, Health, Housing, Social Welfare and a major section on Justice (see below).

Justice Section of the Citizens Information site, covers Law and rights, Civil law, Criminal law, Law enforcement, Courts system, Courtroom, Arrests, Legal aid and advice, Witnesses, Evidence, Prison system, Probation and welfare services, Victims of crime, Crime and crime prevention, Children and young offenders.

Postal Address:
Citizens Information Board
Ground Floor
George’s Quay House
43 Townsend St
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 761 07 9000
Fax: +353 1 605 9099

The Child and Family Agency – www.tusla.ie

The Child and Family Agency (called Tusla) is a statutory organisation, established in January 2014 under the Child and Family Agency Act 2013. Under Section 8 of the Act, it is required to:

• Support and promote the development, welfare and protection of children, and
• Support and encourage the effective functioning of families

It also provides information and advice to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on matters relating to the agency’s areas of responsibility.


The Agency has assumed responsibility for the following range of services:

• Child welfare and protection services previously operated by the Health Service Executive (including family support services)
• The services previously provided by the former Family Support Agency
• The services previously provided by the former National Educational Welfare Board
• Pre-school inspection services
• Domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services
• Services related to the psychological welfare of children

Information on the services it provides is available on its website tusla.ie.

Postal Address:
Block D
Park Gate Business Centre
Parkgate Street
Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 635 2854
Homepage: http://www.tusla.ie
Email: [email protected]

Family Mediation Ireland (FMI) – www.familymediation.ie

Family Mediation Ireland (FMI) is a private client family mediation service. FMI operate nationwide across the Republic of Ireland and use the co-mediation method for conducting family mediations. Mediations are conducted with one male and one female mediator working with each couple in dispute.

Family mediation can be used to Agree the terms of a Divorce or Legal Separation, Resolve child maintenance, guardianship, custody or access arrangements, Resolve a family dispute, Divide property and assets by agreement, Resolve inheritance/probate disputes, Agree ongoing methods/means of communication between people in dispute, Resolve passport or travel issues for children and Resolve issues relating to the schooling of children.

Postal Address: FMI, Calmon Clare Building, Gort Road Business Park, Ennis, Co. Clare.
Registered Office: FMI, Manton, 63 Salthill Lower, Galway.
Tel: 01 5242217
Email: [email protected]

Irish Law Site – www.irishlaw.org

The Irish Law Site combines all resources available for Ireland pertaining to legal services, advise, counseling, and family law resources.

Dr Darius Whelan,
Faculty of Law,
University College,
Email: [email protected]

Parenting Boards Forum – www.theboards.ie

The boards Ireland provides many useful topics on a range of family issues including adoption, pregnancy, paternity and fatherhood rights, amongst many more.  You can also use this forum to post questions to other members for anything related.

The Teen Parent Support Programme – www.teenparents.ie

The Teen Parent Support Programme (Cork) is a service for young parents in the Cork city and county area. We are here to help, from the time you realise you are pregnant right up until your baby is at least 2 years old.  There are other TPSPs around the country, have a look at the Help when you need it section for your nearest TPSP.

This is our project offices in Cork City, we would be delighted to meet you.

Postal Address:
34 Paul St. Cork (Second Floor)
Tel: +353 21 4222987
Fax: +353 21 4279404

General Register Office Ireland – www.welfare.ie

The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the central civil repository for records relating to births, stillbirths, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and adoptions in Ireland.

The General Register Office (GRO) operates under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection and has responsibility for the administration of the Civil Registration Service in Ireland.  Our office is located at Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon.

The Registrar General is responsible for managing and controlling the system of registration in Ireland, however, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for the day to day delivery of the Civil Registration Service through a network of local civil registration service offices across the State. (www.civilregistrationservice.ie)

We also operate a research facility at Werburgh Street, Dublin 2 where members of the public, involved in family research, may search the indexes to the registers held by GRO and purchase photocopies of entries in the registers. See Research page.

The Civil Registration Service also operates the official website www.certificates.ie  for members of the public who wish to purchase a birth, stillbirth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership or death certificate on-line.  Alternatively you may download the request form and submit by post. Click here for link to Apply for Certificates page.

The General Register Office can be contacted as follows:

Email: [email protected]

By Telephone:
Direct Dial: +353(0)90 6632900
LoCall: 1890 252076

By Fax:
Fax: +353(0)90 6632999.

By Post:
General Register Office,
Government Offices,
Convent Road,

Irish Genealogy Organization – www.irishgenealogy.ie

This site now also permits a simple, initial, ready-made search of the following sites:

• The 1901 census
• The 1911 census
• Griffith’s Valuation
• The Tithe Applotment Books
• The National Archives of Ireland Collection of Soldiers’ Wills
• The records of the Bureau of Military History
• The online catalogue of the National Library of Ireland
• The US immigration records of Ellisisland.org
• The US immigration records of CastleGarden.org
• The Ireland-Australia Transportation database
• The records in National Archives of Ireland collection “Women in 20th-century Ireland – 1922-1966: sources from the Department of the Taoiseach database”
• The records of the Royal Irish Academy’s Digital Humanities Observatory

Entering a forename (“John”), surname (“Murphy”) and location (“Cork”) in the initial search pages and clicking “Search” will take you to a page with links to the above resources that include the information you have entered. So, for example, clicking on “Search 1901 census” on the results page will open a new window or tab showing all John Murphys recorded in Co. Cork in the 1901 census.

The various sites you will be taken to all operate in their own ways. In particular, most do not search on surname variants: a list of these is provided near the top of the page to remind you that it may be necessary to search again on the external site itself.

In other words, these initial results will vary from site to site. The ready-made searches are included in order to point out what other resources are available and to help you take the first step in using them.

Contact: Feedback page

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division – www.borderpeople.info

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division (CMED) is part of the Department for Social Development (DSD).

On 1 April 2008 the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division (CMED) replaced the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency. Its role continues to be to make sure that parents who live apart from their children contribute financially to their upkeep by paying child maintenance.

Calculate Child Maintenance

If you’d like to know how much maintenance you might pay or receive, you can use the calculator on the Department for Social Development website.

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division
Address Great Northern Tower
17 Great Victoria Street
Phone number for General Enquiries: 0845 608 0022
Text phone: 0845 713 9704
Email: [email protected]

One Family Ireland Parenting Support – www.onefamily.ie

Our Vision

One Family believes in an Ireland where every family is cherished equally and enjoys the social, financial and legal equality to create their own positive futures.

Our Mission

One Family is working to ensure a positive and equal future for all members of all one-parent families in Ireland – changing attitudes, services, policies and lives. Together with one-parent families and those working with them, we are committed to achieving equality and respect for all families.

In addition to striving for fundamental structural change, we support individual one-parent families as they parent through times of family, work and life change, and those experiencing a crisis pregnancy. We know that every family is unique, and so we work in a family centred way to bring about better lives for parents and children.

Our Values

In One Family we work from a place of respect and acceptance of the parents, children and organisations that we come in contact with. We work with compassion, which means that we connect with others in a relationship of equals and we are completely non-judgmental. We believe that we can hold the hope for the families we work with, especially when they are unable to. We achieve this through innovation, excellence, determination and our client-centered approach.

One Family is an organisation of great courage as it has been from its foundation in 1972. We continue to work with integrity to ensure equality for all one-parent families in Ireland.

One Family is Ireland’s national organisation for one-parent families. We work with all types and all members of one-parent families, respecting the realities of family life, to affect positive change and achieve equality and social inclusion for all one-parent families in Ireland.

Postal Address:
Cherish House, 2 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 662 9212
Fax: +353 1 662 9096
Email: [email protected]
Askonefamily lo-call helpline: 1890 662 212

Bump2Babe Maternity Resources – www.bump2babe.ie

Welcome to bump2babe, the independent guide to maternity services in Ireland. The site is designed for you to find out as much information as possible about your local maternity services to help you make informed decisions.

Contact Us:
Niamh Healy
Tel: +353 86 857 7140
Email: [email protected]

Louisa Crowley
Tel: +353 86 390 2813
Email: [email protected]

Help Me to Parent Ireland – www.helpme2parent.ie

Help Me To Parent Ltd was launched in October 2007. The two founding directors had attended a parenting course and were so impressed with the skills they learned, they passionately believed that every parent should have the opportunity to do a course such as this. Since establishing the company, the directors have reviewed and researched parenting courses and literature. During this time they discussed various aspects of parenting and parenting training with a number of professionals in the area of mental health and child/youth development.

Having reviewed a number of parenting courses, the directors concluded that the Parents Plus Programmes were not only the best in terms of content and presentation but also the most appropriate for parents in  Ireland today.

We were very fortunate to have received excellent assistance, guidance and support from Dr John Sharry.  John is a family psychotherapist and parenting author with over 20 years clinical experience in child and adolescent mental health. Author of several books in counselling and mental health, John is also the co-developer of the award winning Parents Plus Programmes. Johnworked with us for the initial period of our set up.  During this time he adapted the Parents Plus programmes for Help Me To Parent Ltd and delivered all of our courses until he was happy with the content, pace and quality of these.  John then assisted us in finding excellent facilitators for our courses and continues to be a trusted advisor and friend.  We would like to thank John and acknowledge the enormous value and experience that he shared with us.

Our Contact Details are:
Tel: 087 6890582
Email: [email protected]

Northern Ireland Child Support Agency – www.dsdni.gov.uk

Child support agency operating in Northern Ireland.

Postal Address:
The Customer Service Manager
Child Support Agency
Great Northern Tower
17 Great Victoria Street
Tel: 0845 608 0022
Email: [email protected]

Archways Parenting Counseling and Courses in Ireland – www.archways.ie

Archways are now taking bookings for a new Incredible Years® Parent course due to begin in February 2014. Incredible Years® is a research based positive Parenting Course which has shown to be effective for helping parents manage emotional and behavioural difficulties. A recent research study showed that there were huge improvements in behaviour for 70% of children.* Incredible Years® helps parents to build a positive and calm home environment. All children can experience emotional and behavioural difficulties which can put huge stress on families. If you are having difficulty managing routines, mealtimes, getting to school, bad behaviour – then this might be the course for you.

The Incredible Years® Preschool BASIC Parent course is a 14 week group course. The course runs once a week for 14 weeks and each weekly session last 2.5hrs. This course is designed for parents of children aged 3-9 years and covers a range of topics including: play, routines, behavior issues, time-out for bad behavior, problem solving, limit-setting, consequences, social and academic skills among others. The Incredible Years® Parenting programme is a practical course designed to help parents strengthen their parenting skills and reduce behaviour issues. Course handouts are provided each week.

Postal Address:
Archways HQ,
Unit 2B Nangor Road Business Park,
Nangor Road,
Dublin 12.
Tel: +353(0)1 4568734
Fax: +353(0) 1 4568870
General Queries: [email protected]

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