Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has called on the Government to allocate funding for a new family law court complex to be put in place in Smithfield in Dublin.

Groups behind the Courting Disaster campaign who are calling for a new development say they have formed a coalition to highlight the archaic conditions in which family law and childcare cases are currently being heard in Ireland.

Senator Clifford-Lee raised the matter in the Seanad today noting the need for a functioning courts system, which she has been calling for over the past number of years.

“A number of organisations have called on the Government to allocate funding for a dedicated family law court at Hammond Lane in Smithfield because they have described the conditions as ”archaic “.

“I fully support the groups who have been calling on a new Family Law Court. Some of the most vulnerable members of society seeking to resolve family law issues must do so in entirely inadequate conditions and this is something that needs to be urgently addressed.

“The current conditions are bringing added stresses and anxieties to families engaging through the court services. What we need to see is a new building complex that incorporates family friendly spaces and consultation rooms. I would urge the government to urgently address the current situation and put in place funding to allow families privacy, and support” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.