MORE than 2,600 people entered into formal same-sex partnerships up to the end of 2013, new figures show.
The statistics reveal that couples in every county in Ireland
entered into civil partnerships.
A civil partnership provides most of
the legal rights and obligations that apply to civil marriage.
Civil Partnership Act passed through the Oireachtas in July 2010 and
the first public civil partnership was celebrated in April 2011.
There were 728 civil partnerships in total for lesbian and gay couples living in Dublin city and county.
Brady, policy director of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN),
said: "Civil Partnerships are a resounding success. Lesbian and gay
couples in every county in Ireland have celebrated their love and
commitment to each other in front of family, friends and neighbours.
doing so, these couples have contributed enormously to the remarkable
progress towards marriage and full constitutional equality for lesbian
and gay couples and families."
Many hundreds more lesbian and gay
couples have demonstrated their commitment by entering civil
partnerships or getting married abroad. These relationships are
recognised in Ireland as civil partnerships.
After Co Dublin, Kildare had the most civil partnerships in Leinster with 40.
In Ulster, Donegal had the most with 12 couples.
Cork had the most civil partnerships in Munster with 106.
In Connacht, Galway had 44 couples.
the well-known people in civil partnerships in Ireland are RTE
newsreader Michael Murphy and his partner Terry O'Sullivan and TV3 presenter Alan Hughes and his partner Karl Broderick.
Katherine Zappone, the first openly lesbian member of the Oireachtas,
married her partner Dr Ann Louise Gilligan in Canada.
welcome for civil partnerships throughout the country shows that Ireland
is ready to take the next step to provide for civil marriage for
lesbian and gay couples," said Mr Brady.