When the Court of Appeal ruled in October that media outlets could not name a deceased child victim of crime, this mother – all of a sudden – could no longer name her two murdered sons.

The ruling, which prohibits the publication of any information that could lead to a child victim being identified, means that she cannot even publicly disclose that her children were killed. 

"Suddenly, I cannot mention my name. I can't mention my sons' names," she told Prime Time. "It's quite bizarre in a way."

She is not alone. Other parents of children who have been killed feel silenced by the ruling, which came about because of a provision in the 2001 Children's Act. 

Triggered by court proceedings, it comes into effect once a person is charged. And if the particular circumstances of the crime mean that identifying the person charged could also lead to the victim being identified, then the media cannot disclose the identity of the accused.  

The ruling has already led to a number of anomalies where the media has been forbidden from identifying child crime victims and the accused. On Monday, a 28-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a 11-year-old boy to death in the south of the country over a year ago. Due to last year’s ruling, neither the victim nor the perpetrator could not be named.  

"It didn't really make a lot of sense to me," the mother told Prime Time.

In her view, the ruling has one grave consequence: it anonymises her and her children, and protects the perpetrator. 

"That is the greatest injustice with something like this," she said.

"It's very difficult because our legacy to our children is their names and their pictures. Those are our memories."

"I have to now fight to name my children publicly," she said. "Why, why is it not my right to do that?"

Unless the Supreme Court overturns the Court of Appeal's ruling, the ball is in the Dáil's court.

Arguing that this situation is an unintended consequence of a law passed two decades ago, parents are hoping that the Minister for Justice will expedite changes that would supplant the ruling.

They say that it would not take a lot of debate or time to amend the Children's Act.

Minister Helen McEntee said on Monday that she is bringing a proposal to Cabinet next week to change the law.

"It's just a matter of amending the legislation that's already in place. And I don't know why it is taking so long," the mother told Prime Time.

"It's very painful, not to be able to mention my son's names – not to put up a photograph of them so that the world can see them and their gorgeous faces, those smiles," she said. 

"It should be my choice to do that."