The Children and Family Relationship Bill is passed in the Seanad

Opposition senators tabled over 100 amendments

The Children and Family Relationship Bill is passed in the Seanad

The Seanad chamber | Photocall file photo

Legislation giving gay couples the chance to adopt children has been passed in the Seanad.

Opposition senators tabled over 100 amendments but the Children and Family Relationships Bill was passed by 20 votes to 2.

Ronan Mullen and Jim Walsh both voted against it.

The bill also overhauls Ireland's laws on sperm donation - and allows children conceived through donors to be legally linked to a second parent.

Independent senator Fidelma Healy Eames says people donating sperm should be more aware of the impact their donation will have on the life of a child: