Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (775, 776)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

775. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health when Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 will be fully commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34986/19]

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Róisín Shortall

Question:

776. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health when Parts 2 and 3 of the Family Relationships Act 2015 will be commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36068/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 775 and 776 together.

I intend to commence Parts 2 and 3 of The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 on 5th May 2020. When commenced it will regulate aspects of assisted reproduction involving donated gametes and embryos. Parts 2 and 3 are specifically concerned with parentage rules for children born through donor assisted human reproduction (DAHR) procedures, obligations applying to facilities providing such procedures and the establishment of the National Donor-Conceived Person Register. This commencement date allows time for individuals or couples to plan to use donor gametes that they have already purchased and stored.