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Tuesday 20 July 2010

Ireland gets civil partnership law

Irish President Mary McAleese yesterday signed into law the country's Civil Partnership Bill, after having been approved by the Seanad ('Senate') by 48 votes to 4 on 9th July after having been passed by the Dáil ('Parliament') the previous week.

According to the linked article the Bill cannot take full effect until 'commensurate changes take place in social welfare, tax and pensions legislation' and that relevant changes in the 'Finance Bill and Social Welfare Bill [will be] drafted following December’s budget'. All this means that Civil Partnerships are likely to begin in Ireland only at the beginning of 2011.

I last wrote about Ireland's plans to legislate for 'civil partnerships' in January 2008 and at that time it was thought that the legislation might come into force at the end of that year; in the event it has taken much longer, but the change is of course extremely pleasing, however delayed it has been.

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