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Morag McCullagh

Morag McCullagh

Partner mmccullagh@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5853 +353 1 691 5010
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Morag is a partner in the Health and Social Care Team with over 10 years’ experience working exclusively in the area of child protection and adoption law. 

Morag is an expert in the field of child protection law which encompasses child protection, adoption, wardship, administrative law and Constitutional law. This is a complex area of the law and includes providing legal opinions, conducting advocacy on a daily basis, negotiating, drafting and advising with regard to statutory obligations both within and outside the court arena. The advices provided often span other areas such as mental health, data protection and immigration. 

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Key Experience

Morag is the key adviser within the team on the Children First Act, 2017 and has advised on a number of matters concerning that legislation cross-departmentally with the Corporate, Litigation and Employment Teams. 

Morag has advised on and drafted child safeguarding statements and child protection policies for a number of educational facilities. 

Morag has recently advised on child protection issues arising in the context of the remote learning environment within the Covid-19 restrictions. 

Morag brought multiple adoption applications before the High Court in the height of the Covid-19 restrictions when the High Court was sitting for urgent matters only. This ensured that the children involved were adopted before reaching their age of majority thereby safeguarding their futures within the only families they had ever known.

Morag has a Certificate in Child Care Law from the Law Society of Ireland and has tutored on their PPC2 programme in this area. Morag also often provides training in the area of child protection and adoption law. 

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Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), Trinity College Dublin , 2005
  • Qualified as a Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2011
  • Certificate in Child Law, Law Society of Ireland, 2013 
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Memberships 

  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Dublin Solicitors' Bar Association