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Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty moves legislation to help families of missing persons

13 December, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty today moved the Civil Law Missing Persons Bill 2016 in the Dáil.  The Bill allows for the appointment of an interim manager of the property of a missing person.

Teachta Doherty said;

“Last week we marked National Missing Persons Day. There are hundreds of families across our country that are missing family members or friends. Between 7,000 and 8,000 people are reported missing every year in Ireland, almost 20 every day. Most of these actually turn up within a very short time and less than 1% remain missing for a long time.

“It is for the families and friends of those 1% that I hope this bill can provide some practical and moral help.

“Another element of this bill is to bring this State in line with the north and with Scotland in allowing for an application to be made to a Register of Presumed Deaths. A Presumed Death will only be registered if it meets strict criteria laid out in the bill. 

“The bill lays out a procedure for dealing with people who go missing outside the State.

“It also clarifies what should happen if a person who had been presumed dead returns including its impact on the status of marriages previously ended because of the presumption of death.

“This bill comes out of a hope that when the worst has to be presumed that family members of the missing person do not have to suffer further difficulties than necessary. I believe it is rigorous and fulfils an important gap in legislation that benefits nobody and adds to the tragedy of Missing Persons.

“I hope all sides can support it.”


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