Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (178)

Gary Gannon

Question:

178. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Social Protection if a PPS number is required by a parent to register the birth of a child; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7786/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Personal Public Service Numbers (PPSN) of each parent are required particulars set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Civil Registration Act 2004, as amended. The PPSN of the parents should be provided by a qualified informant (usually the parents of a child) in order to complete a birth registration.

Registration of a birth can be completed where either or both parents do not have a PPSN. This arises in cases where the parents would not ordinarily be expected to have one (as in the case of births in the State to non-Irish nationals parents who are not ordinarily resident in the State) or to a person waiting to be assigned a PPSN. Parents are not required to apply for a PPSN for the purposes of birth registration. If a parent has already applied and is awaiting allocation of a PPSN, or has been refused a PPSN, they can submit confirmation of this fact with their application to the local civil registrar to register the birth of a child.

The General Register Office, which operates under the aegis of my Department is available to offer advice and guidance if required.

I trust that this addresses the question raised by the Deputy.