Via PDs website
The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., today announced the membership of the Pre-nuptial Study Group he has established to study the operation of the law with respect to Pre-nuptial
The Group will be chaired by Ms Inge Clissmann. Ms Clissman is an expert in family law and has represented clients in some of the leading cases in this field. Her particular specialist areas include matrimonial litigation, child advocacy, and related private international law issues. The group will report in March 2007.
The other members of the Group are:
·Ross Aylward, LL.B
·Marie Baker, Senior Counsel
·Margaret Bannon, Advisory Counsel, Office of the Attorney General
·Stephanie Coggans, Managing Solicitor, Law Centre, Legal Aid Board,
·Louise Crowley, Solicitor and Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UCC
·John Kenny, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
The terms of reference of the Study Group are – “to study and report on the
operation of the law since the introduction of divorce in 1996 with respect to
pre-nuptial agreements taking into account constitutional requirements.”
The Tánaiste has asked the Group to report to him, and to make recommendations
for change in the law as it considers necessary, by 31 March 2007. It is the
Tánaiste’s intention to publish the report and any recommendations made.
Making the announcement the Tánaiste said, “The issue of pre-nuptial agreements,
as so circumscribed by the Constitution, is not straightforward and will require
close examination by the Group. I look forward to having the Group’s Report
which I expect will help to fully inform the public and the Government on what
action can and should be taken”.
Well i dont know much about the members of the group bar ‘Louise Crowley, Solicitor and Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UCC’. She lectured me in Public Law in 1st year and is due to lecture me again after xmas! I cant wait to talk to her about this!
Via FG website
Browne welcomes announcement of Pre-nup Study Group
Fine Gael Carlow/Kilkenny General Election Candidate, Senator Fergal Browne, has welcomed the announcement of the membership and terms of reference of a study group to examine the area of pre-nuptial agreements.
‘I am pleased to welcome the Justice Minister’s timely response to my call for an examination of the legal status of pre-nups. I stressed the importance of clarifying this legal ‘grey area’ when I put forward a motion on the subject before Seanad Éireann in October. The appointment of the study group is a welcome development especially as there are more and more people marrying later in life and more people re-marrying. It is important that the current legal status of pre-nuptials is clarified and that the effects of their possible introduction are studied.
‘I welcome the appointment of Senior Counsel, Ms Inge Clissman, as the chair of the study group and I look forward to its report which is due for submission to the Tánaiste by the end of March 2007.
‘I would encourage all people who have an interest in the area to make submissions to the study group and I look forward with interest to the publication of the group’s recommendations.’