Converting civil partnership to marriage

From next Monday, 16 November, same sex couples will have the right to marry without distinction as to their sex as provided for in Article 41.4 of the Constitution.

From 16 November, when the new legislation takes effect, same sex couples will not have an option to apply for a civil partnership. However, those who are already in a civil partnership have the option of remaining as they are or converting to a marriage.

Same sex couples will need to give 3 months’ notice of their intention to marry in the normal way. However, people who are already in a civil partnership and who now wish to marry do not have to serve the normal 3 months’ notice and the notification fee has been reduced from €200 to €50.

Read more in this press release from the Department of Social Protection.