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Dad furious as tragic child still cannot be named despite overturned Act

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A father has spoken of his anger as his baby girl now remains the last child victim in Ireland that cannot be named.

A judge last week upheld his order which bans the media from naming a woman accused of the two year old girl’s murder – in spite of the overturning of the controversial Section 252 of the Children’s Act in April.

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The changing of that law, following widespread backlash, meant that once again child victims, and alleged and convicted perpetrators in their deaths, could be named in the media once again.

They included murder victim’s like Ana Kriegel, 13, Keane-Mulready-Woods, 17 and many others.

However several judges later had to overturn their own individual orders preventing the publication of their names – which has happened in almost all but this case.

And now we have learned the defence for this woman, who is due to stand trial later this year, argued before the court last week that the identification of their client could lead to the identification of another separate child, who is alive.

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The presiding judge agreed with the defence and ordered that the woman’s identity be kept anonymous.

As a result the identity of the deceased child also cannot be revealed in that it could identify the other child or the accused.

Speaking last night, the child’s heartbroken father said the continued ban on naming his child is only adding to his grief.

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“This is only after making it worse for me,” he said. I want my child to be remembered like all the other children, and I’m very upset that this cannot happen.

The child’s father, who visits her grave every month, says having her named and celebrated in public is all he wants right now.

“I don’t want her name to be forgotten. I’m very angry and hurt that she is being kept anonymous.”

Last week the court heard that the trial could last up to four weeks.

The woman was due to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in February but the case was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions as the courts were not swearing-in new juries to hear trials.

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