ICCL welcomes commencement of Gender Recognition Act 2015

ICCL Press release

4 September 2015

Ireland’s independent rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has welcomed the signature today (Friday 4 September 2015) by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, of the Commencement Order for the Gender Recognition Act 2015.

The commencement of the legislation is the latest outworking of May’s historic vote for marriage equality – enshrined in law last week by President Higgins - which removed any constitutional impediment for married trans people to have their gender recognised. As Tánaiste Joan Burton said today:

 “we are in a position to immediately provide this recognition to transgender people regardless of their marital status. The Commencement Order which I have signed specifically excludes those elements of the legislation which required that applicants for gender recognition be single. I was able to do so because the President has very recently signed the results of the Marriage Equality Referendum into law.” 

ICCL Executive Director Mark Kelly said:

 “This legislation puts Ireland in the small vanguard of countries that provide true equality to their transgender citizens and residents. Its passage and commencement are a testament to the work of the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and to all those who have fought for decades for equality for the transgender community, especially Dr Lydia Foy and her indefatigable solicitor, Michael Farrell of FLAC”.



Walter Jayawardene, ICCL Communications Manager | walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie 087 9981574


- Together with GLEN and Marriage Equality the Irish Council for Civil Liberties founded and led Yes Equality, the successful civil society campaign for a Yes vote in May’s marriage equality referendum.


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