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Adoption Authority of Ireland -v- AB (A Minor)
Judgment ByBarrett J.
CourtHigh Court
Date Delivered23 November 2021
Neutral Citation[2021] IEHC 829
Record Number2021 225 MCA
Date Uploaded12 January 2022
ResultLex non cogit ad impossibilia (‘The law requires nothing impossible’ and thus does not compel a person to do that which that person cannot possibly perform). Hence the counselling of a mother or guardian (as appropriate) contemplated by s.30(4) of the Adoption Act 2010 cannot possibly be done (and is not required to be done) where, the mother or guardian is dead at the time when that counselling would otherwise fall to be done. In such circumstances, and bringing the same maxim to bear, s.30(5) falls to be construed as indicated hereafter.

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