The Registration of Wills Bill 2016 has passed all stages in the Seanad this week. Senator Terry Leyden has welcomed the passing of the Bill and will work with his parliamentary party colleagues as it moves into the Dáil.

Senator Leyden commented “I am delighted to see the Bill move through the Seanad with the support of my party colleagues and others. It is disappointing that Fine Gael opposed the Bill as it serves an important purpose.

“The Bill aims at providing a clear statutory basis for the registration of wills and will enable a person making a will, or the solicitor, to register the location of a will with a central authority.

“The latest figures from the CSO tell us there was 30, 484 deaths in 2017. Of these deaths approximately 9000 went to probate. There are over 10,000 solicitors registered with the Law Society with 2,200 practices so it does not surprise me that wills may go missing, resulting in the wishes of the deceased not being honoured.

“The Bill gives a voice to the voiceless and has passed through the Seanad after a long campaign. I look forward to engaging with the government at the next stage and am open to amendments which will only lead to robust legislation. I will work with my colleagues in our parliamentary party and spokesperson in Dáil Éireann to make every effort to have the Bill enacted,” concluded Senator Leyden.