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Civil Partnership Act – Ministerial order signed

December 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Equality, Irish Politics, LGBT, Same Sex Partnerships, Social Policy

The Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern has signed the commencement order which sees the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights of Cohabitants Act 2010 come into effect.

GLEN released photos of the signing event – it is very unusual to see a signing event take place in Ireland, reminiscent of President Obama and other US presidents who have signing ceremonies in the USA when bills are enacted.

(Minister for Justice and Law Reform signs the Order enacting the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights of Cohabitants Act 2010 looked on by Kieran Rose, Chairperson of GLEN – Pic:Tommy Lee)

Couples wishing to enter into a civil partnership will have to give three months notice to the Civil Registrar and can do so from January 1 or the date that the office reopens. This means that the first Civil Partnership Ceremony will take place in early April. Those who have civil partnerships or marriages from other jurisdictions will now have their relationships recognised in Ireland from early January.

Also the tax and social welfare codes will come into effect then which means that couples will be assessed for social welfare and those cohabiting will be classed as dependent on each other.

An information booklet on Civil Partnership has now been published and can be found at the General Register Office website.

GLEN Press Release

Minister’s Announcement


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