Action needed on inheritance rights of cohabiting couples
It appears to me that there is much column space dedicated to the search for equality for homosexual couples, including the debate on marriage. I have no particular truck with such campaigns. However, there is a more pressing need that I feel Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald should pay more attention to, as it affects far more people.
What I would like to draw the readers' attention to is the lack of rights afforded to heterosexual couples who are co-habiting with each other. The recent demise of a close friend, who had been living with his girlfriend/partner for over 12 years, has brought into focus the reality that exists. My friend had bought a house with his partner. She was, for all intents and purposes, his 'wife'.
This man's surviving partner is now entitled to precisely nothing from the estate of her dear departed life partner.