Fathers to be named on all birth certs

It will be compulsory to register the name of the father on all birth certificates here under new legislation to be enacted before the end of the year.

Fathers to be named on all birth certs

The Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014 will modernise the civil registration service to ensure the compulsory registration of the father’s name on birth certificates, to prevent marriages of convenience, record of deaths of Irish people who die abroad and validate marriages and civil partnerships carried out by people in their country’s embassy in Ireland.

Commenting on the new legislation, the minister of state at the department of social protection, Kevin Humphreys, said ensuring people have a right to their identity was a key principle of the legislation.

“This is the first time this principle has been brought into legislation,” he said. “This will underpin the rights of the child under EU legislation to have access to the details of his or her identity. Put simply, that means knowing who their parents are. It will be a step towards ensuring full and accurate particulars are registered at the time of birth which will be of significant benefit both to the child and future generations”

However, at the committee stage of the bill in the Seanad a number of weeks ago, senator Jillian van Turnhout pointed out that adopted people continue to be denied such identity rights and requested an amendment to the Adoption Act to ensure that the document used by adopted people as a birth certificate must refer to the fact that they are adopted.

Since the implementation of the 2010 Adoption Act, adoption certificates (used as birth certificates by adopted people) no longer reveal that the person is adopted. Adoption Rights Alliance said the certificate was often the only way that some adopted people ever found out that they were adopted.

Commenting on the other provisions of the bill, Mr Humphreys said it was crucial that a robust system was in place for the recording of significant life events.

“The registers of life events are very important public records,” he said. “They have a significant impact on the lives of Ireland’s citizens. It is vital that they are robust and accurate. My intention is that the civil registration service will continue to serve society and the public to a high standard and will be equipped to respond to our rapidly changing society”

The bill was passed by Seanad Éireann in September. It is intended that the legislation will be enacted by the end of the year.

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