In Ireland, the 2015 Children and Family Relationships Act grants same-sex couples parental rights.
Currently, although the law allows donor-assisted reproduction, the biological mother retains a certain number of advantages. In the case of same-sex couples, both partners cannot be registered as legal parents.
Health Minister Simon Harris, who has announced that he wants to resolve the problem, shares a “sense of urgency” about this issue, and has announced his intention to ask the government for permission to draft a law and come up with a legislative solution that could be “adopted before the summer holidays”.
It must allow retrospective registration of same-sex couples on a child’s birth certificate and passport.