The Government will soon bring forward proposals to ban conversion therapy for LGBTI+ people, the Minister for, Children, Equality, Disability and Youth has confirmed.

Minister Roderic O'Gorman said the legislation is a priority for the Government this year and work is already under way to identify the key legal issues involved.

"The Government is carefully considering the underpinning policy matters to ensure that vulnerable members of society are protected from these harmful practices," Mr O'Gorman told Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore in reply to a parliamentary question.

The Minister described the legislation as complex and sensitive but added that the Government would be informed by research and international best practice.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth had commissioned Trinity College Dublin to carry out research in this area and its findings were published earlier this year.

It indicates that conversion therapy practices take place in Ireland and found that harm is inflicted on those who experience such practices.