Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Joint Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy

Preventing the Sale, Exploitation and Trafficking of Children: Discussion

Photo of Mary Seery KearneyMary Seery Kearney (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

My conclusion is that we must legislate for the best interests of the child. The Verona principles seem to incorporate everything we need. I am a bit disturbed by the latter end of the Ms de Boer-Buquicchio's contribution. I would appreciate Ms Ward’s comments on that.

Children who have been born abroad generally have a birth certificate from there. We cannot legislate in Ireland for what goes on a birth certificate in another country. In another country, the intending parents can be on the birth certificate. A surrogacy and a donor register, therefore, would seem to ensure that the integrity of a child’s identity is preserved in Ireland. It would also seem to ensure that we would have some threshold in Ireland before conception that would ensure that that will be in place.


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