New group welcomes relaxation of 'in camera' rule

New rules introduced in 2005 meant that family mediators and researchers could now sit in on family law cases. This was welcomed by a new Galway-based group, Fathers for Justice and Equality. In their first three weeks, the group had been contacted by over 500 men, all of whom felt let down by the Irish legal system. According to founder and separated father Sam Butt, the group looks to provide counselling, support and fairer treatment for men.

Transparency does not exist. It's like a freemason's, or behind closed doors, and some of the judgments that have been passed, they have been described as absolutely criminal, brutal. You think of a word and I'll give it you.

John O'Driscoll reports for RTÉ News on 12 July 2005.