The Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Surrogacy and Fertility Law Team hosted a very important information event in Kilashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare on Saturday the 13th of October 2018 for people considering surrogacy as a route to parenthood in Ireland. Surrogacy law is an exciting and emerging area of law, responding to changes in society and modern reproductive technology. Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Solicitors are now providing advice to intending parents throughout the country.

Annette Hickey and Ger Fahy both gave the presentation on the current legal process by which surrogacy is dealt with in Ireland. They outlined the Court procedures, spoke about domestic surrogacy and international surrogacy, particularly in the Ukraine, Canada and the USA. Guest speakers at the event included, Helen Browne, Co-founder of NISIG, who spoke about the emotional difficulties faced by intending parents after they arrive home with their baby. Nuala Jackson, Senior Counsel, discussed the legal options available to the non-genetic parent. Sherry Levitan, Canadian Surrogacy Lawyer and Fertility Law Expert, discussed the process of surrogacy in Canada and Dr Lydia Bracken, Director of Clinical Legal Education at the School of Law, UL, spoke about the draft Scheme for Assisted Human Reproduction and outlined the impact it would have, if enacted. She raised possible scenarios that may arise from the Scheme and gave suggestions as to how potential problems with the draft Scheme could be rectified. Those in attendance were fascinated to hear the first-hand accounts of two women who became mothers through surrogacy.

Pictured above, left to right, are Annette Hickey of PKHL Solicitors, Helen Browne, of NISIG, and Geraldine Fahy, also of PKHL Solicitors.

The event was very well attended and was a huge success. The objective of the day was to arrange an event where intended parents would feel supported, relaxed and comfortable and find out all of the essential information, tips and knowledge that they require in order to make an informed decision about surrogacy.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Annette and Ger, they will be in Dublin on Thursday 15th November between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.
Please contact: ahickey@pkhl.ie and/or gfahy@pkhl.ie to organise a consultation.