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Gender Recognition Legislation

The Gender Recognition Act 2015 provides that a person can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in order to have their preferred gender recognised by the State. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection  application form for a Gender Recognition Certificate can be viewed here.

The full text of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 can be viewed here.

The Gender Recognition Act 2015 was amended by the Marriage Act 2015 to remove the requirement to be single.

The full text of the Marriage Act 2015 can be viewed here.

A person whose birth has been registered in the register of births maintained under section 13 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 or whose adoption is registered in the Adopted Children Register maintained under section 84 of the Adoption Act 2010 who has been issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection may apply in writing to the General Register Office asking that required particulars, relating to the recognition of their gender, be entered in the Register of Gender Recognition. Application form for entry in the Register of Gender Recognition.

A person can  apply for a copy of a birth or adoption entry in the Register of Gender Recognition only when an entry has been made in the Register of Gender Recognition. As above, this is available for all births registered in the register of births maintained under section 13 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 or whose adoption is registered in the Adopted Children Register maintained under section 84 of the Adoption Act 2010.

How to apply for a copy of an entry (birth or adoption certificate) in the Register of Gender Recognition

The only persons that may apply for a copy of an entry in the Register of Gender Recognition are -

  1. the person to whom the entry on the register relates
  2. the surviving spouse or civil partner
  3. if no surviving spouse or civil partner, the child
  4. if no surviving spouse or civil partner or child, a parent, or
  5. if no surviving spouse or civil partner, child or parent, a surviving brother or sister.

You can download an application form that includes details of fees and payment methods here.

Every person that is being issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate form from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will be issued with

  1. An application form for entry in the Register of Gender Recognition and
  2. An application form for a birth or adoption certificate of an entry in the Register of Gender Recognition.

Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015

Section 7 of the Act provides that the Minister shall carry out a review of the operation of the Act.

In November 2017 Minister Doherty appointed a Review Group chaired by Moninne Griffith (Executive Director, BeLonG To) which includes representation from the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI), other independent experts in the field and Government bodies with an interest in this area (the full composition of the group is available here The Review Group is due to submit its report to the Minister in May this year.

Central to the review is a consultation process that seeks to have the broadest possible level of consultation. A public call for submissions was announced by Minister Doherty in early January 2018 with a closing date for receipt of submissions of 5 February 2018.   The associated press release (which includes the Terms of Reference for the Review) is available here.

Reflecting the terms of reference of the review group, those wishing to make a submission should do so under the following headings:

  1. Arrangements for children aged 16 to 17 years;
  2. Arrangements for children aged under 16 years;
  3. Arrangements for persons who identify as neither male nor female (e.g. non-binary);
  4. Arrangements for intersex people;
  5. Any other relevant issues, including issues relating to the operation of the current legislative provisions.

Submissions may be made via email to: gender@welfare.ie (with the word "Submission" in the Subject line), or by post to: GRA2015 Review (Submission), GRO Policy Unit,  Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Floor 1, Áras Mhic Dhiarmada, Store Street, Dublin 1, D01 WY03.

All submissions will be acknowledged and will be considered by the Review Group. The group will report to the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection on the consultation process. Those who make submissions may be invited to meet with representatives of the Review Group.  

It should be noted that submissions received, and reports of any further consultations undertaken with any parties in response to this request, will be subject to Freedom of Information legislation and may be published on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website.

Copies of submissions received to date may be accessed here.

Last modified:23/03/2018