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Social topics, Women's and gender studies, Social issues, Family studies, Law

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Published by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, Dublin, September 2009 (c) Fergus Ryan 2009 Report formatting reproduced by kind permission of GLEN


The Civil Partnership Bill 2009 arguably represents the most momentous change in Irish Family Law in a generation. The Bill proposes a substantial new legal status for registered same-sex partners, as well as important changes to the law as it relates to cohabitants. This report addresses the provisions of the Bill as initiated, analysing the potential impact of the Bill in clear and accessible language. The Report also highlights potential difficulties with the Bill, and suggests possible enhancements to the Bill as initiated.