Written Answers - Departmental Reports

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 737 No. 2

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  122.  Deputy Anne Ferris  Information on Anne Ferris  Zoom on Anne Ferris   asked the Minister for Social Protection  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   when she expects to publish the gender recognition advisory group report; when does she expect that legislation will be introduced to give legal recognition to trans-gendered persons and extend the protections of the equality legislation to them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18116/11]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  I received the report of the Gender Recognition Advisory Group two weeks ago. The Group was established last year to advise on the legislation required to give legal recognition to the acquired gender of transsexual or trans-gendered persons. I intend to bring the Report to Government for the consideration of my Cabinet colleagues at an early date, following which I will arrange for its publication. I cannot be definitive at this stage about when I will be in a position to introduce legislation to give legal recognition to trans-gendered persons but I would hope to do so later this year. Issues relating to the equality legislation are a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.


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