A number of LGBT families have held a protest outside Leinster House calling for same-sex couples to be given legal recognition as parents.

The provision allowing for the measure is contained in the Children and Family Relationships Act, but has not been fully enacted.

LGBT Ireland said many same-sex families have been left in a legal limbo as a result of the delay in commencing all provisions of the legislation.

The act, which was passed in 2015, allows for the option of including a co-parent on a birth certificate.

However, not all sections have been commenced, including the provision that relates to donor-assisted human reproduction.

The Minister for Social Protection met those gathered outside Leinster House.

Regina Doherty said she plans to publish a stand-alone bill as early as next week, aimed at addressing the concerns of the families.

She said given that it already has cross-party support, she hopes the bill could pass through the Dáil and Seanad and be enacted within a matter of weeks.