Minister McEntee launches public consultation on Parental Alienation


·         Minister wants to hear your views on Parental Alienation

·          More information is needed as term is increasingly cited in the Irish courts

·         Submissions from the public will inform the Department’s consideration of policy and law in this area


27 May, 2022


The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today opened a public consultation to seek the views of the public on the issue of Parental Alienation.


As a concept, Parental Alienation is contested, and little is known about how different jurisdictions address it.


The Minister intends for the consultation – along with research the Department arranged to be carried out in 2021, and which is still ongoing - to create a deeper understanding of this issue.


Minister McEntee said:


“There is no clear agreed definition of parental alienation in Ireland and there are no reliable statistics on how prevalent it is.  However, the term appears to have been increasingly cited in the Irish courts.


“We know that Parental Alienation generally refers to a process through which a child becomes estranged from a parent as the result of the psychological manipulation of the other parent.


“It may also refer to situations where one parent is wrongfully influencing their child or children against the other parent.


“This is a serious issue and an important consultation that will inform the Department’s consideration of policy and law in this area.”



The Minister wants to provide an opportunity for people to give their views and is particularly interested in:


•              Your views of and/or experiences of Parental Alienation;

•              The impact of Parental Alienation;

•              How Parental Alienation could be best responded to in the future.



More information on how to make a submission can be found at:

The deadline for submissions is 24 June 2022.