Important Information for Cohabiting Fathers

Important Information for Cohabiting Fathers

From the 18th January 2017, a non-marital father will automatically become a joint legal guardian of his child if he has cohabited with the child’s mother for a minimum of 12 consecutive months, including at least 3 months after the child’s birth. This groundbreaking provision of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 comes into … Read more

Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016

The bill has been signed into law – 29.07.2016 As a result of this legislation fathers will be entitled two weeks of paternity leave and two weeks of paternity benefit, for babies born on or after 1 September 2016. New fathers may start the combined package of paternity leave and paternity benefit at any time … Read more

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 … Read more

Treoir welcomes the publication of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016

In particular Treoir welcomes that the best interests of the child will be the paramount consideration in relation to any adoption matter, application or proceedings.  Among other proposed changes, we welcome the provision whereby a step-parent adoption may take place without the peculiar requirement for the biological parent to adopt his or her own child. … Read more

Nearly 60% of all births to unmarried parents are to parents living at the same address

Nearly 60% of all births to unmarried parents are to parents living at the same address, clearly showing that cohabitation is on the rise. Yet these families, though treated in the same way as married couples by theDepartment of Social and Family Affairs, are seriously disadvantaged within the tax system if one of them chooses … Read more

Children may get an Article in Bunreacht na hÉireann

At last, children may get an Article in Bunreacht na hÉireann specifically for them.  Treoir, the national federation of services for unmarried parents and their children expressed their delight at the proposed visibility of children inthe Irish Constitution. In responding to the third report of the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children, Treoir … Read more

Rights for Unmarried Families

Rights for Unmarried FamiliesTreoir extends its congratulations to the Law Reform Commission on addressing the rights of unmarried fathers, grandparents, step parents and indeed recognising that all children, irrespective of the marital status of their parents, have a right to a relationship with their fathers and extended families without any obstacles… Download Press Release