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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Birth cert move 'won't give dads new rights'

NEW laws that will demand unmarried fathers' names are included on their child's birth certificate will do little to protect their legal rights, campaigners have claimed.

Government plans, approved today, will ensure for the first time that both parents' names must be registered.

But Eamonn Quinn, of campaign group Unmarried and Separated Parents of Ireland, said the move does not go far enough because they fail to guarantee an unmarried man guardianship or access rights.

"Getting the name on the birth certificate doesn't give a father automatic rights," Mr Quinn said.

"The Government is only now doing something it should have done years and years ago, but even then, we shouldn't be fooled into thinking fathers' rights are protected."

Cabinet ministers approved a memo from Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to change the Civil Registration Act 2004.

The amendment will address the current position whereby, in cases where the parents are not married to each other, a father is not required to give information on the registration of the birth, nor is the mother required to supply the father's details.

Irish Independent

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