Sinn Féin spokesperson for LGBTQI rights Senator Fintan Warfield has welcoming the passing of Children and Family Relationships (Amendment) Bill 2018 through the Oireachtas today. This legislation will allow for commencement of parts 2 and 3 of the primary legislation, which will give shared parental rights to certain same sex parents and give recognition to their families.

Senator Warfield said:

“Today is a really important day in the lives of many LGBTQ parents and their families and a proud day for those who vigorously campaigned to that end. It has been hard fought for and long overdue.

“Three years on from marriage equality, Government have finally corrected technical errors that left legal uncertainties for parents and their children.

“While this legislation covers those who conceived through clinical insemination, many more LGBTQ families are waiting for government action on the likes of surrogacy, home insemination and reciprocal IVF.

“Sinn Féin will be working to ensure that the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill will be fully inclusive of the needs of all LGBTQ families.”