Reproductive Laws in Ireland

  • givfadmin
  • April 24, 2013 10:24 pm


Availability of services varies clinic-to-clinic. There is a limit on the number of embryos that can be transferred per cycle.

Egg/Sperm Donation

Egg and sperm donation permitted but anonymity is not guaranteed. There appears to be a long wait for egg donors. Only heterosexual married couples can received donated eggs.


Under Ireland’s existing laws, a couple must adopt a child born to them through surrogacy. Unfortunately, Irish adoption laws restrict private adoptions to relatives of the mother – therefore the surrogate must be related to the Intended Parents.

For overseas surrogacy, the surrogate is deemed to be the legal mother of the child, and, if she is married, the surrogate’s husband is deemed the father under Irish Law. The intended mother is not legally recognized as the mother, even if her eggs have been used. This can possibly be overturned by the Circuit Court- but only if the intended father’s sperm was used.

Disclaimer: Reproductive laws are a relatively new legal area and are in constant flux throughout the world. It is often hard to obtain current and accurate information, and we are always updating information on our site. Anyone pursuing reproductive assistance abroad should contact lawyers and clinics directly to confirm the current status in that country and any legal restrictions that might apply. GlobalIVF does not claim any accuracy for the information printed below and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If you have additional or conflicting information please contact us and we will update our site.

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