Written Answers - Equality Issues.

Wednesday, 5 May 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 584 No. 6

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  65.  Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin  Information on Breeda Moynihan-Cronin  Zoom on Breeda Moynihan-Cronin   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   his views on the Law Reform Commission report on the rights of unmarried couples; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12692/04]

  66.  Mr. Cuffe  Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   if he intends granting additional rights to cohabiting and unmarried couples; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12729/04]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I propose to take Questions Nos. 65 and 66 together.

The consultation paper on rights and duties of cohabitees published by the Law Reform Commission on 27 April 2004 makes substantial recommendations for the reform of the law in this area. However, the purpose of the paper is to enable those who wish to make submissions to the commission to do so before 30 September 2004. The Law Reform Commission will publish a report containing its final recommendations when the consultation process is complete. I look forward to examining the commission’s final recommendations as soon as they become available.


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