Geraldine Keehan, head of the Childcare department, was invited to speak at the Barnardos Conference held on the 29th May 2013 in Dublin entitled ‘What about me? Barnardos’ Vision for Family Law Reform’.  Geraldine joined an esteemed panel of speakers to include Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos, and Barnardos’ Head of Advocacy, Catherine Joyce.

Geraldine called for proper funding for the soon to be created Child and Family Law Support Agency under the auspices of Minister Frances Fitzgerald. She also called for proper funding to be in place in relation to the new Family Court Structure as proposed by Minister Alan Shatter.

In addressing the Conference, Geraldine recommended legal reform in relation to children whose parents are separating. She said that there would be huge need to ensure that their views are heard as the impact of legal proceedings when their parents were separating was difficult for them.  She referred to research conducted by Cardiff University Law School – KIDS (Kids in Divorce Study), which found that many children felt marginalised, lonely and isolated as their parents separated.  It was vitally important to ensure that children did not remain invisible in the contest of Judicial Separation/Divorce and she proposed that the appointment of the Guardian ad Litem for children could ameliorate the profound difficulties which children experienced as their parents separated.  She stated that society had an obligation to ensure that we act in the best interests of children, and that we had an obligation under both international and domestic law to do so.

For further information on the conference please see What About Me? Barnardos' Vision for Family Law Reform and contact Geraldine Keehan, Partner in our family law group.

11 June 2013

    Gillian and all at Augustus Cullen Law, A million thanks for a great job done. Justice for our son at last!!

    Catherine, Liam & William

    Dear Michael, A great result was achieved because of your efforts and we were truly blessed to have you on our side.

    Kathleen, Medical Negligence Client

    Dear Joice…you are and have been very professional, sympathetic and dignified in all of your dealings with us and I put that down to one simple fact. You listened.

    James, Medical Negligence Client

    Geraldine, Thank you most sincerely for all your hard work and commitment to these children.

    Freda McKittrick, Head of Barnardos Beacon Guardian Ad Litem service

    Neil is an absolute gentleman to deal with – kind, tactful and very efficient. We could not praise him highly enough. He brought us through a horrible time.

    Sean, Medical Negligence Client

    Many thanks again for a job well done. We really appreciate all your hard work and practical advice.

    Corporate client in a commercial litigation matter

    Dear Jamie, You and your team in ACL were so professional, diligent and prompt. I have recommended you and the firm, and will continue to do so

    Lorraine McCarthy

    Gus Cullen and the firm’s approach to addressing the key issues was professional, yet personal, efficient yet attentive.


    The process is a difficult one and when you deal with people who are so professional and yet genuine/real people, it makes it so much easier... so thanks a million.


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