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Gender ID laws:

The Gender Recognition Act 2015 allows people over 18 to self-declare their gender. Young people of 16 and 17 must provide a court order and testimony from a parent or guardian. Full text of the act is available here.

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Jill Nesbitt: Gender recognition in Ireland

Interview with Laoise Uí Aodha de Brún: It's easier to change your legal sex than to be Irish....

Latest news:

March 2022: Ireland is holding a Census on April 3rd and is obliged by the EU to analyse all the information by sex. However the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in online guidance says that "if you are uncomfortable" ticking either male or female "you may signal this by marking both boxes". Despite this all entries will be "assigned a sex, where this is not clearly indicated on a Census form it will be assigned at random." A media report from last year revealed that the CSO informed gender identity lobby groups [2] such as TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) and BeLonG To as well as a Hate and Hostility Research Group of what would be included in this year's census.

"A spokesperson said that the CSO census office engaged with interest groups for the purpose of informing them that the biological sex question would remain, as well as seeking their "views on advice, within these constraints, as to what can be suggested to people filling out the form who do not feel that either category correctly reflects their gender identity". So while the CSO says it's anticipated that a question on gender identity will be included in the next census in four years time gender identity lobbyists have been allowed to influence the collection of accurate data for this one in 2022. Four Irish women's groups are running a joint campaign urging the public to protest by adding "believer in biology" to the religion question on the census.

Also: Ireland's first survey on the public's views regarding 'gender identity' was carried out in June 2021. Fewer than one in five (17%) respondents agreed with Ireland's legislation permitting someone to change their birth certificate as soon as they self-identify as the opposite sex. "This is the first time the public has been given a say on gender self-identification. When the government passed the Gender Recognition Act in 2015 it did so with little thought of the effect it would have on the wider community, let alone consultation with groups that would be most affected, particularly women."

September 2019: Male sex offender placed in Limerick Women's Prison. Click here to read article from the Irish Law Society Gazette.