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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Birth Certificate

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# Newborns
Parents face child benefit lag due to long delays in birth registration
The delay, caused by the HSE cyber attack, has been reduced from 16 weeks
Delays are due to the summer's cyber attack on the HSE, Aoife Barry reports
Parents have been reporting delays of two to three months for registration
Fears for vulnerable parents who can't access child benefit due to the delay
# no consensus
Adopted people will not get automatic access to birth records over parent's right to privacy
Minister Zappone said she was “personally deeply disappointed” that a consensus could not be reached on the issue.
# Birth Cert
'If something happens to me, my wife would have no rights to her own daughter': Families criticise government for law delay
Under the current system labels of ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ exist on birth certificates.
# Adoption
'Lies, secrets and silences': Some people with illegally registered births will never know
Minister Zappone has appointed an independent reviewer to oversee an analysis of tens of thousands of records.
'I dread registering my child because I can't put his other parent on the birth certificate'
It breaks my heart that a member of our little family is being left out of the first document our son has to declare his status as an Irish citizen, writes Sarah Stone McDevitt.
"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”
# singled out
'I've had to tell more people in the last few months than in my entire life' - Man denied Public Services Card because he's adopted
“This shambolic process is now making me feel like a second class citizen – I’m being treated unequally because I’m adopted.”
# Let's Get Digital
Going digital: Rollout begins for e-health records from babies' birth
The new system is the first national electronic patient chart for maternity anywhere in the world.
# Brexit
80% rise in applications for Irish birth certificates from UK since Brexit vote
The Passport Service has also reported an increase in queries about entitlements to Irish passports.
Column: The day I had to prove I was Irish – and failed
Both my parents are Irish, I live in Ireland and I hold an Irish passport. But that wasn’t enough when I was called interview for America’s coveted ‘greencard lottery’, writes Stephen Collins.
# transgender
Birth certs remain an issue for transgender Irish
While Ireland will recogise amended birth certificates from other countries, “gender reassignment is not yet recognised” in the country.
# Children
One-parent group criticises proposed law to name fathers on birth certs
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is proposing legislation to force the naming of dads on birth certificates.
New law may make it compulsory to include father's name on birth cert
A review of Ireland’s civil registration acts may make it compulsory for both parents’ details to be included on birth certs.