Boy Born Abroad Through Surrogacy Arrangement Seeks Irish Passport

Aodhan O’Faolain | The Irish Times | September 7, 2020

A same-sex couple who had a child through surrogacy in 2015 and live outside of Ireland has faced a consistent struggle with authorities to secure an Irish passport for their son. This article chronicles the back and forth between the parents and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who has refused to recognize the parent-child relationship between the Irish citizen parent (not biological) and the child. In the past week, the family has initiated High Court proceedings in an attempt to finally secure a passport for their child.

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Stateless Children and Parents Who Are Legal ‘Strangers’: The Irish Families Left in Limbo

By Peter McGuire | thejournal.ie | July 14, 2020

This article provides a brief history of the rights of parents in Ireland whose children are conceived through assisted reproduction. The author posits that legal protections for children conceived outside traditional heterosexual relationships still fall short. For example, birth certificates of children born to same-sex couples do not recognize both parents as legal guardians. In one case, an Irish couple who conceived a child with the help of a surrogate in the United States had to sign an affidavit stating that one parent is a legal stranger in order to attain an Irish passport for their newborn. Despite recommendations from the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR), the article asserts that legislation has yet to be made to make assisted reproduction more accessible for all family structures involved.

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