Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (249)

Joan Burton


249. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has prepared written guidelines for staff and the public on dealing with transgender matters; if they are published; if staff have received training in respect of this; if his Department is participating in or making a submission regarding the review being undertaken in respect of the operation of the Gender Recognition Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7577/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

My Department has not prepared written guidelines for staff and the public in relation to dealing with transgender matters. 

My Department is aware that, in December 2017, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection launched the Supporting Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: Guidelines for Employers and Employees, which were prepared by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).  My Department is also aware that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has commenced a review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 with the consultation process on this review commencing in December 2017.  My Department will await the outcome of this review and the emergence of any centrally developed guidelines on this very important matter to inform Department staff on dealing with transgender matters.