PRESS RELEASE: Justice Committee - Children have a Right to Access Information Concerning their Genetic Identity

Published date: 
30 May 2014

29 May 2014: For immediate release


Justice Committee: Children have a Right to Access Information Concerning their Genetic Identity

Today the Children’s Rights Alliance welcomed the publication of the Report of the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the Heads of the Children and Family Relationships Bill. 

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance says:

“The Justice Committee recognises that children born as a result of Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) should have a right to access information concerning their genetic identity. This is a very welcome development as children have a right to their identity and to know their origins.” 

“The Justice Committee recognised that the majority of stakeholders consulted regarded the legislation as progressive, with the potential to positively impact on thousands of families and children throughout Ireland.

“This Bill represents the biggest reform in family law in a generation and introduces a clear legal framework to respond to the everyday realities of family life. The draft Bill needs to be revisited based on the Justice Committee’s report and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald needs to progress this legislation without delay”.



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Notes to Editor:


The Children’s Rights Alliance in its submission to the Justice Committee on the draft Bill called for the right of children born from AHR and surrogacy to have access to their genetic and other identifying information.  You can read the Alliance’s submission: here. 


In Ireland:

There are over 60,000 unmarried but cohabiting parents with more than 100,000 children;

There are over 200,000 single parents with more than 350,000 children;

In 2011, nearly 43,000 people were recorded as being remarried and quite a high percentage of these live in a household with children.