Ireland to Recognize Preferred Gender Pronouns in Registry of Foreign Births

Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon. (Photo: Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs)

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
February / March 2018

In December, Ireland took further steps to grant equality to transgender citizens by introducing policy designed to formally recognize naturalized citizens of the Republic’s preferred names and gender identity through the establishment of a register of gender recognition of foreign births.

In a statement, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney said, “For the first time, transgender citizens abroad will be afforded the same rights as all other Irish citizens to have their preferred gender recognized.”

In 2015, Ireland passed the Gender Recognition Act, which recognized citizens’ preferred gender and names for all purposes by the State.

“Ireland was the first country in the world to recognize marriage equality by popular vote and we have a particularly progressive piece of legislation regarding transgender rights,” Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon, said. “Today’s announcement is a further step in the advancement of rights for our citizens overseas, who will now be able to self-identify in their preferred gender in the register of gender recognition of foreign births.” ♦

 

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