What the new legislation will mean for couples
THE Civil Partnership Bill will, for the first time, give legal recognition to same-sex couples in Ireland. It will recognise same-sex civil partnerships.
Couples who register their relationship with a civil registrar will have many of the same entitlements and will be subject to many of the same legally enforceable obligations as parties to a civil marriage.
These include protections and obligations across areas, such as: l Protection of the couple's shared home. l Domestic violence. l Residential tenancies. l Succession. l Pensions. l Taxation. l Social welfare. l Immigration. The bill also provides rights for cohabiting couples, both same-sex and heterosexual, who are neither married nor in a civil partnership.