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What does this mean?

It’s your right to have a name.

The Government should know who you are and have a record of your birth.

EXAMPLE: If you didn’t have your birth certificate, you wouldn’t be able to register with a local doctor or go to school.

Learn more about this right

  • UNCRC, article 8: It’s your right to have an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you.
  • UNCRC, article 7: It’s your right to have a name, and this should be officially recognised by the Government. You have the right to a nationality (to belong to a country).
  • In Ireland, all babies born in the country are given a PPS number. This is your unique identification number. This means the Government know they are alive.
  • With this PPS number, parents can register you with a local doctor and having this PPS number means that youare able to go to school.
  • If you don’t have a PPS number, it can be difficult to get all of your rights.