Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said “altruistic” surrogacy will be allowed under new legislation but commercial surrogacy will banned.
Mr Varadkar acknowledged that some countries had banned surrogacy but the Government had taken a view that it should be permitted in Ireland.
“But only on an altruistic basis, not as a commercial operation, not for money or for profit by anyone,” he said.
The Department of Health has been authorised to prepare legislation on assisted human reproduction and associated research, which will regulate surrogacy and related practices in Ireland for the first time.
Reimbursement of “reasonable expenses” to the surrogate, who agrees to carry and deliver a child on behalf of another individual or couple, will be permitted under the legislation.