Dail Eireann and the Amazing Time Travelling Gender Recognition Legislation

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like Skywalker and Baggins before her, Lydia went on a quest. Through the courts of the land – for this is where such battles took place – she voyaged. When her first case failed, she traveled even further afield to Strasbourg. Here, she finally seemed to achieve her goal when ten full years after she had begun, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the state had “failed to provide for ‘meaningful recognition’ of her female identity”. Surely with this, she could go home and get on with her life, secure in the knowledge that her state would now start recognising her identity?
But this story, like many a much more profitable franchise before it, just wouldn’t end. Five long years have passed since Lydia Foy won her case in Strasbourg. And like the series that just kept going on and on and on, the Irish Government’s plans for gender recognition legislation never quite come to fruition. Every year we’re told that they are oh-so-close to being ready.