Extending the “Right to Identity” to Donor-Conceived Children in Ireland: A Jurisdictional Case Study

Dr. Donna Lyons


This article considers the “right to identity” provisions in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 and their adequacy in guaranteeing to the donor-conceived child the right to access identifying donor information in this jurisdiction. The article engages in a comparative analysis of a number of key jurisdictions prohibiting donor anonymity, with reference to the relevant international law, for the purposes of exploring mechanisms through which Ireland might extend its current legislative protections for donor-conceived adults to donor-conceived children. The principal research method used in this article is doctrinal in nature, with empirical research being drawn upon as a complement to the doctrinal research.

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