Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that her party will construct a purpose built complex to deal with cases in the Family Law Courts.

The complex will also house a new Children’s Court to deal with children charged with committing criminal offences, many of whom are also in the care system.

Senator Clifford-Lee said: “The Family Law Courts are tasked with resolving a myriad of issues arising from relationship and marital breakdown. Victims of domestic abuse and children at risk regularly appear before the Court to seek protection and for decisions as to whether they are going to be taken into care.

“The most vulnerable members of society need a Court facility that is suitable for hearing these sensitive cases. Support and intervention services will be co-located at the facility so to prioritise early and effective intervention. This will be drawn from pre-committed capital resources for the Court service,” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.