FLAC welcomes Gender Recognition proposals

18 July 2018

Speaking following the publication of the Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection today, CEO of FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) Eilis Barry welcomed the report and said it was a necessary step in Ireland’s progress on transgender issues.

 Eilis Barry said;

 “FLAC welcomes the publication of this report and in particular we wish to acknowledge the significant work and extensive review of international human rights law that was entailed in their work. We also recognise that the report was informed by the public sector duty.

"FLAC welcomes that many of our recommendations are reflected in those of the Report. We particularly welcome the proposal to provide a legal pathway to recognition for those under 16s based on a simplified, administrative, non-medicalised process. This will go a long way to addressing the barriers to living with dignity for transgender children.

“We further welcome the proposal that legal gender recognition should be made available to people who are non-binary.

“There is now a clear onus on the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure that legislation to give effect to the proposals is introduced when the Dáil reconvenes.

“There are many legal issues affecting trans people including the need to amend the Equal Status Acts and Employment Equality Acts and we call on the government to address these as a matter urgency.”


  1. FLAC made a submission to the Review Group examining the Gender Recognition Act 2015 which is available here:
  1. FLAC represented Lydia Foy in her legal action to secure gender recognition. More information on this is available here: