Today’s Irish Times reports that an Irishman and his wife (an EU citizen) have been granted leave to bring High Court proceedings in an effort to secure an Irish passport for their baby daughter who was born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement with a woman in Ukraine. Leave was granted by Peart J. in an ex parte application yesterday. The baby, who was born in January 2011, is not entitled to Ukrainian citizenship and can lawfully remain in the Ukraine for just 90 days. Without travel documentation, however, she cannot leave and the couple claim that she may be placed in an orphanage if they cannot get her out of Ukraine.
As reported by the Irish Times, the couple have initiated proceedings against the Minister for Foreign Affairs and they are seeking a court order compelling the Minister to issue an Irish passport or emergency travel documentation for their currently “stateless” baby. In the alternative, they seek orders directing the Minister to consider their application for travel documentation and to provide a reasoned decision on that. Furthermore, the couple want a declaration that any failure to answer their application speedily Continue reading “Surrogacy Difficulties”