Gender Recognition Bill 2014 – Report and Final stages
February 17th, 2015
The Bill was passed by the Seanad with two important changes:
1) The introduction of a review mechanism so that the legislation would be reviewed in two years, and
2) The removal of the phrase 'medical evaluation' from the medical criteria.
Both of these changes were strongly advocated by Senator Zappone and other Senators. In her closing remarks yesterday, Senator Zappone acknowledged the advocacy of trans-community to bringing about the change:
“ I acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary strength, courage and character of the transgender community, particularly Dr. Lydia Foy and Mr. Michael Farrell, as well as all of the other people who have gathered with us over this time, .. I am sure the Minister of State accepts it is right and good that I acknowledge them first. We are all very pleased the Bill has passed, even though we have made the strongest of arguments possible, to which the Minister of State has listened. There is more to come in terms of the research done by various Members. It was fantastic to feel the support for the transgender community in Ireland in a cross-party way. We differed on minor issues. I hope it sends a strong signal to transgender people that we celebrate, acknowledge, affirm and recognise their right to their own identity.”
Senator Zappone thanked Minister Humpreys for his role in bringing forward this important legislation.
“ I am appreciative of the roles of the Tánaiste and the Minister of State and how they have worked with their colleagues in the Government to bring us to this point.”
The full debate can be accessed here