Employment Equality Act, 1977

Provisions relating to midwives and public health nurses.

11.—(1) The Midwives Act, 1944 (No. 10 of 1944), is hereby amended by the substitution for the definition of “midwife” in section 2 of the following:

“the word ‘midwife’ means a woman or man registered in the roll of midwives and, accordingly, every word importing the feminine gender shall be construed as if it also imported the masculine gender;”.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, it shall not be a contravention of this Act for a person to give access to training or employment as a midwife or as a public health nurse to persons of a particular sex.