Thursday, 1 November 2007

Tanya Ní Mhuirthile on Gender Identity

PhD candidate in the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, has an opinion piece in today's Irish Times reflecting on the Foy case (considered here) and the need for a measured and well-considered legislative response thereto. The opinion piece is available here and argues that
[T]he Oireachtas must be mindful not to rush into producing a knee-jerk, reactionary piece of legislation....it is important to remember that the law in Ireland regarding gender recognition is no worse today than it was before the Foy judgment was handed down. Although it is clear that something must be done to ensure the vindication of the rights of transsexual persons this does not have to happen within the next month. Such persons would be better served by our legislators taking time to consider properly the issues raised by the Foy case. It is not sufficient simply to "copy and paste" the [UK] Gender Recognition Act into Irish law.

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