A young Irish mother whose child was seized by French armed police and taken into the care of his father in Malta needs help from the government, the Dáil has been told.
Lare Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe said the problems arose from a legal dispute between the Irish mother and Maltese father.
He said the couple are now estranged and the child was confiscated by armed gendarmes in Antibes, France, in May.
Mr Crowe said Sarah Jane O’Brien’s child, Leonard, was just two years old and was still in diapers and bottle-fed when police took him away.
Mr Crowe said there had been a dispute between the parents, centered on the Hague Convention on kidnapping.
Mr Crowe said police acted following court hearings in France and the child is now in Malta.
He added that Ms O’Brien, who is originally from Cratloe, Co Clare, needs official Irish support.
“We cannot brush this aside as a mere civil matter,” Mr Crowe said, adding that he was also speaking himself as a father of three young children.
In response, Taoiseach Micheál Martin acknowledged that Mr Crowe had publicly championed the case for some time and that it deserved attention.
Mr Martin said a case involving controversial children is always troubling.
“It’s very tragic, but I don’t know the full background,” the Taoiseach said.
Mr Martin added that he would check with consular officers who normally assist Irish people abroad with difficult issues.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/irish-mum-whose-child-was-seized-by-french-police-in-dispute-with-dad-needs-help-dail-told-41990268.html The Irish mother, whose child was confiscated by French police amid a dispute with the father, needs help, Dáil said