For childless couples in particular surrogacy is an option. But it is also one surrounded by great legal uncertainty. And many involved in surrogacy a(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘proposing something of a halfway house’ for legislation on assisted human reproduction. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A week after getting outline approval from Cabinet, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has put some flesh on the bones of his proposals for legislation (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar deserves credit for this first step towards much-needed regulation on assisted human reproduction. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Whatever views there are about the Government’s plans to legislate for assisted human reproduction, it can’t be accused of rushing the issue.Louise Br(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government approved the Children and Family Relationships Bill when it met on Tuesday, according to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Taois(...)

‘If it is okay to repair faulty mitochondrial DNA, the slippery slope argument goes, then what about other genetic diseases caused by faults in nuclear DNA?’ Photograph: Getty Images

The complex genetic procedures approved by the House of Commons on Tuesday were a headline writer’s dream. No need to get “mitochondrial donation” int(...)

Frozen storage at sperm bank: Irish law has failed to keep up with scientific progress in human reproduction

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in a landmark case concerning the legal motherhood of a child born through a surrogacy arra(...)

New plans to regulate the area of assisted human reproduction are to be submitted to the Government by the end of the year, the Department of Health (...)

Catherine Byrne said IVF should be funded by the public health system. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A Fine Gael TD has called for IVF to be made available through the public health system.Dublin South Central deputy Catherine Byrne said the fertility(...)

The new Children and Family Relationships Bill aimed at “creating a legal structure to underpin diverse parenting situations” is a welcome step, but is long overdue

All children, irrespective of the method of their conception, have a right to clear rules on parentage so that their family life is acknowledge(...)

In some cases, IVF is not needed, say the researchers, since couples simply need more time, as “an observational study showed that 95 per cent of 350 couples planning a first pregnancy conceive within 24 months”.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) to help couples to have children is being increasingly employed on “weak” grounds, while children born through it are at (...)