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For Written Answer on : 14/02/2023
Question Number(s): 411 Question Reference(s): 7083/23
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.


To ask the Minister for Social Protection the reason former surnames are requested to be included on birth certificates in respect of birth certificates issued pursuant to the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter.


The requirements for birth registration are set out in Part 3 of the Civil Registration Act 2004 (the Act), as amended.  These include the recording of details, known as the required particulars, which are required to be given to a registrar by the parent or parents of the child.

The details required to be recorded and which appear in a birth certificate are set out in Part 1 of the First Schedule to the Act.  These include the former surnames of the parent(s) and must be registered if either parent previously used or were known by that surname.

I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.