Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Departmental Reports

2:00 pm

Photo of David StantonDavid Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael)
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Question 94: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when he expects a final report from the gender recognition advisory group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4303/11]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Defence; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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The Gender Recognition Advisory Group was established in 2010 with the following terms of reference:-

"To advise the Minister for Social Protection on the legislation required to provide for legal recognition of the acquired gender of transsexuals. In particular, to propose heads of a bill to provide for:-

· The establishment of a process for legal recognition of the acquired gender of persons suffering from Gender Identity Disorder, who have made the transition from one gender to another.

· The establishment of a gender recognition register

· The granting of entitlement to marry in the legally recognised reassigned gender, and

· Any other provisions as may be deemed necessary consequent to the main provisions of the Bill.

The Group is made up of representatives of various Departments and Offices of State. The group has met on a number of occasions and has engaged in extensive consultation with a range of representative organisations and individuals with knowledge and expertise in the area, both in Ireland and abroad. Further consultation, research and discussion is required on the issues arising. I understand that the group hopes to report by the end of February 2011.

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