Sunday 19 November 2017

A scalpel can't rewrite history, whatever the surgery

The Government may have conceded defeat, but the case just wasn't worth fighting, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, but it's not one that Dr Lydia Foy has exercised much. Since first squaring up to the Irish government over a decade ago, the transsexual former dentist has never wavered from the belief that her birth certificate ought to have been altered following gender reassignment surgery to reflect the fact that she was now, physically, what she had always felt herself, psychologically, to be, namely female.

Last week, Dr Foy finally triumphed, as the Irish Government dropped plans to appeal to the Supreme Court a 2008 judgment from the High Court which stated that Irish law was inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights on this issue and which harshly criticised the Fianna Fail administration for failing to legislate to close the gap.

A great day then for Lydia Foy, and other transsexual campaigners, who all deserve their moment of glory after years of frustration. Great news too for Green Party deputies, who have clearly got their Fianna Fail colleagues to drop their opposition to having psychological definitions of gender accepted on an equal footing with biological ones. No more can grassroot

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