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# children and family relationships bill

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# Explainer
Surrogacy in Ireland: Where do we stand?
The referendum on marriage equality is only a few days away. However, other issues have been entering the debate.
# marriage ref
Conservative senator Jim Walsh resigns from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party
He does not agree with certain aspects of new family law.
# The High Table Interview
7 things we learned from our VERY revealing interview with Ronan Mullen
The independent senator talked same-sex marriage, adoption and being approached by Fine Gael in an interview with
'I mistakenly believed I had legal rights to my own children'
New legislation being published today will give protections to non-traditonal Irish families.
# State of the Nation
Will new family law impact same-sex marriage vote?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# family rules
New law will make it illegal to pay for surrogate mothers
Leo Varadkar has also promised a register of donor conceived children.
# State of the Nation
Gay adoption law will be in place before marriage equality vote
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
Column: Long-overdue Bill will bring sweeping changes our understanding of 'family'
A new Bill under consideration would herald extensive changes to family law in Ireland, although the issue of surrogacy is still not addressed.
# Parentage
Oireachtas committee says children should have a right to know who their biological parents are
The recommendations of the committee also include provisions for recognising same-sex adoptions made abroad.
# Think of the Children
Doctors: Punishing parents using commercial surrogacy services won't benefit anyone
Proposals in new legislation to enforce penalties for this would likely be unenforceable anyway, they said.