Seanad debates

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015: Second Stage


12:00 pm

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Independent) | Oireachtas source

Could I have a further 30 seconds, please? There was some coming and going when I started.

Why is full guardianship not the norm? If it were the norm, the Bill could also allow the court to grant a more limited form of guardianship in appropriate cases.

I have concerns about sections 18 to 20 of the Bill relating to "retrospective recognition" of parentage of donor-conceived children before commencement of the Act. Other Senators have also raised this issue. Am I correct that, as the Bill currently stands, for children yet to be born through DAHR, the donor must be known and yet for children already born through DAHR the donor must be unknown? Why is there a banning of known donors retrospectively, but not prospectively? I do not understand the logic and would like the Minister to address that.

Senator Bacik raised the issue of second-parent adoption.


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