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TREOIR's Annual General Meeting 2016

Treoir held its AGM on Thursday 19th May 2016 at its offices in the IFSC, Dublin 1.  As Treoir plans to host an event later in 2016 to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, the AGM this year was scaled down to include staff, members of Council and Member Agencies. The meeting was opened by our Chair Dr. Ruth Barrington and Treoir's new CEO Greg Straton gave the Activity Report for 2015.  See Annual Report 2015.

Siobhan Roddy Secretary , Christina Hughes Treasurer, Dr. Ruth Barrington Chair, Greg Straton CEO

The meeting concluded with a very informative presentation made by Iryna Pokhilo, Health Advocacy Officer with Cairde, an organisation working to tackle health inequalities among ethnic minority communities.  Iryna explored the issue of Migrant Women and Crisis Pregnancy, the impact of residency status, culture and language on the ability of migrant women to access support and the potential risks they face in Ireland.

Iryna Pokhilo - Cairde, Greg Straton CEO

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TREOIR Information Leaflets:  Updated editions now available!

Following the commencement of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, Treoir's information leaflets have been updated.
 
The following leaflets are now available:  Custody & Access, Guardianship, Maintenance, Establishing Paternity, Cohabiting Parents, Unmarried Fathers, Passports, Child Abduction and Step-parent Adoption. 

All publications may be ordered from Treoir or downloaded from the 'Publications' section of this website (see this page).  If you work with unmarried parents and would like to order multiple copies for your organisation, order from info@treoir.ie.

   

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Treoir welcomes a new CEO

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Greg Straton as the new CEO of Treoir. Greg joins us from the Asylum Services Initiative SPIRASI with a proven track record in advancing human rights and social justice.

Greg brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the post and is very well equipped to advance the mission of Treoir, to meet the challenges ahead and to avail of opportunities to benefit the organisation.  The council and staff of Treoir extend a very warm welcome to him.

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Retirement of Margaret Dromey, CEO of Treoir  

Margaret Dromey CEO, Margot Doherty Retired Assistant CEO, Dr. Ruth Barrington Chair 

Treoir hosted what was a bittersweet celebration last week when we said goodbye to the woman whose name has been synonymous with that of Treoir for so many years. To mark the occasion, friends, colleagues and her family joined Margaret for this celebration of her wonderful career.  Ruth Barrington, the Chairwoman of Treoir, in paying tribute to Margaret spoke of her many achievements in a career spanning four decades, from the early days in the 1970s to the present when so much has been achieved to improve the status of unmarried families in Irish society.

Margaret was also paid warm tributes by former Chairwoman and honorary member of Treoir, Gemma Rowley, by former work colleague of many many years, Margot Doherty and finally by Brenda Forde, a current long standing member of staff.

Margaret, we wish you health and happiness in your life after Treoir!

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A new supply of 'Baby on Board' badges has arrived!

Treoir conducted an information campaign in 2013 to provide information for expectant unmarried parents. The campaign highlighted key information on issues including birth registration, cohabitation, shared parenting and establishing paternity. To promote the campaign, we developed 10 Top Tips for unmarried and about-to-be parents and produced a specially branded “Baby on Board” badge (...and we now have a new supply!) which pregnant women could use to gain a seat on public transport. Also, If you are a service provider and have a waiting room you could request a lovely colourful poster produced by  Treoir with the message "Please offer a seat to someone who needs it more than you do".

CLICK HERE to order a badge / poster and read our top ten tips on important information which should be considered by unmarried and about to be parents

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New Legislation Commenced - 18/1/2016


Some sections of The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 were commenced on 18th January 2016.  This new legislation will directly affect many of our users.  

The following are some of the changes:

  • an unmarried father who is cohabiting with the mother of his child for at least one year, 3 months of which are following the birth of the child, will automatically have guardianship rights in respect of his child.  This is not retrospective: only cohabitation after the commencement date (18/1/2016) will be taken into account.  See fathers section
  • step-parents, grandparents and those who have acted in loco parentis may be eligible to apply for guardianship.  See guardianship section
  • the process whereby grandparents can apply for access to their grandchildren has been simplified.  See grandparents section
  • enforcement procedures have been put in place where someone is in breach of a court order.  See 'Access and Custody of Children'
  • a non-parent cohabitant may be obliged to pay maintenance in respect of a child he/she has been caring for.  See maintenance section
The relevant sections of our website have been updated. If you are unclear about any matter please contact an information officer on 01-6700120 or e-mail info@treoir.ie with your contact details and a member of our information team will be happy to contact you. 

See Treoir’s Press Release 

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Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation

A Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and a representative sample of County Homes has been established.  The Commission would like to hear from anyone who was resident in or who worked in any of the Mother and Baby Homes or County Homes that are the subject of the investigation. 

The Commission would also like to hear from people who have personal knowledge about the homes, for example, family members of residents, regular visitors or those who supplied services to the homes.  Written submissions are welcome and the Confidential Committee will also meet in person with a number of former residents, employees and others with relevant information to hear their experiences.

Confidential Freephone 1800 80-66-88 (from outside of the Republic of Ireland: 00 353 1 6445088).  The opening hours for the confidential phone line are Monday to Friday (excluding Irish Bank Holidays) 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.

Treoir will make a submission in due course.

We would encourage those who have a story to tell or observations to make to contact the Commission www.mbhcoi.ie

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View Margaret Dromey, Treoir's CEO, talking on Sunday FM about relevant sections of legislation contained in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 which have now been commenced.

 

See here

 

25/1/2016

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Treoir makes a presentation to the Joint Committee on Health and Children on the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015

Picture shows Treoir's Chair, Dr. Ruth Barrington, our CEO Margaret Dromey and Senator Jillian van Turnhout


Treoir
warmly welcomes the publication of the General Scheme and Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015 and appeals to the legislators to ensure that this legislation is progressed as quickly as possible.

However, Treoir does have some concerns around the proposed legislation.  Our concerns are mainly around information and tracing associated with adoptions that occurred in the past.  Balancing the right to privacy of mothers and the adoptees’ need to know of their origins will be a challenge.  We also believe that the information and tracing service must be adequately resourced, if those involved in adoption are not to suffer further hurt by their experience.  Read Treoir's submission.

 

November 2015

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 BUDGET 2016

Treoir very much welcomes many of the provisions in Budget 2016. We particularly welcome the provision whereby, as of September 2016, fathers will, for the first time, be entitled to apply for 2 weeks paternity leave within 28 days of the birth of their child.  A father’s entitlement will be based on the same PRSI contributions as apply to mothers eligible for maternity benefit. 

Treoir is particularly pleased that some of the recommendations in its pre-budget submission to the Department of Social Protection have been implemented.  Read here for more

20/10/2015

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General Scheme and Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015

In July 2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs published the General Scheme and Heads of The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015.  Provisions contained in the Bill will give adopted people a legal right to information about their birth parents. Article 8 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that parties undertake to respect the right of the child to (preserve) his/her identity. The new Adoption Bill if enacted will go a long way toward ensuring that the rights of adopted children are respected in this way.

For more information, see:

July 2015

 

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Compulsory registration of father’s name on child’s birth cert is now law

The Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 will, once the legislation has been commenced, for the first time in Ireland, place a duty on unmarried parents to register the father’s name on the birth certificate of their child.  It is a child’s fundamental human right to have the names of both parents on his/her birth certificate.

Following on this new legislation, if a mother attends without the father to register her child’s birth, the Registrar will ask her for contact details of the father. The Registrar will then make ‘all reasonable efforts’ to contact the father and invite him to attend the Registrar’s Office within 28 days in order to complete the registration.  Only in exceptional cases, where ‘compelling reasons’ are provided, will the father’s name be omitted.

If parents cannot agree a surname for the child, the birth will be registered but no surname will be assigned to the child until agreement is reached.  Read more in Treoir's press release.
See Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014


 We will keep readers informed of commencement date on our website and follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date on developments.   

 

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See:  Changes to One-Parent Family Payment (OFP)

 

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Watch them Grow

Unmarried-cohabitant and Solo parenthood in Ireland

 

At the launch:  Margaret Dromey - CEO, Dr. Owen Corrigan - Author,
Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Dr. Ruth Barrington - Chair

Watch Them Grow,  a significant research study by Dr. Owen Corrigan, commissioned by TREOIR and funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme has been launched.  The report gives us a greater understanding of the lives of children in different family types. The research was undertaken using the Growing Up in Ireland study data, a major longitudinal study of children which commenced in 2006, and collected information on 11,134 children and their parents in Ireland when the children were nine months and three years.

Download full report here

Download Key Findings

Key Findings 1 : Marital Status, Family Transitions and Solo Parents, including non resident fathers.

Key Findings 2 : Childcare

Key Findings 3 : Parents’ Health and Parenting

Key Findings 4 : Child Health and Wellbeing

Key Findings 5 : Work and Welfare

Key Findings 6 : Crisis Pregnancy


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That’s Men: Non-resident fathers’ support is vital for children’s development

 

How much do fathers matter when they are not living with the mothers of their children? See Padraig O'Morain's article in Irish Times Health supplement (10/11/2015) which reports on the findings of Treoir's 'Watch them Grow' publication.  Read article here

 

 

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