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High Court determines that a father of a child who had been wrongfully removed from Ireland to Greece was outside a statutory three-month time limit to apply to the Irish courts for determination of custody, where the courts of Greece had made a final 'non-return' order, on the grounds that the father had been provided with sufficient documentation concerning the Greek decision to make submissions, and the time period commenced on receipt of that documentation.
Foreign proceedings - 'non-return' order made by Court of Appeal in Athens, Greece - Article 12 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 - wrongful removal of 7-year-old child from Ireland to Greece - Article 11 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 2201/2003 - removal by mother in 2013 - order made in 2014 - service on father in 2015 without translation - application made by father before court in Athens - appeal dismissed in 2017 - proceedings initiated by Minister for Justice - whether father had been served with sufficient documentation - whether three-month time limit had commenced in the absence of sufficient documentation.
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