The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., today announced the membership of the Pre-nuptial Study Group he has established to study the operation of the law with respect to Pre-nuptial Agreements.

The Group will be chaired by Ms Inge Clissmann. Ms Clissman is an expert in family law and has represented clients in some of the leading cases in this field. Her particular specialist areas include matrimonial litigation, child advocacy, and related private international law issues.

The other members of the Group are:

The terms of reference of the Study Group are - "to study and report on the operation of the law since the introduction of divorce in 1996 with respect to pre-nuptial agreements taking into account constitutional requirements."

The Tánaiste has asked the Group to report to him, and to make recommendations for change in the law as it considers necessary, by 31 March 2007. It is the Tánaiste's intention to publish the report and any recommendations made.

Making the announcement the Tánaiste said, "The issue of pre-nuptial agreements, as so circumscribed by the Constitution, is not straightforward and will require close examination by the Group. I look forward to having the Group's Report which I expect will help to fully inform the public and the Government on what action can and should be taken".


29 December 2006