Civil Partnership registration is the equivalent of marriage for same sex couples. The procedures to register are also very similar and can be found at www.groireland.ie.
To March 2013 over 1,000 civil partnership registrations have taken place in every county of Ireland. In addition, many same sex marriages and civil partnerships registered abroad are now recognised in Ireland as civil partnerships.
Sadly some of these relationships will fail and in those circumstances either partner can seek dissolution from the court or the court will make ancillary financial relief orders similar to those available in the context of separation or divorce and will have regard to similar statutory factors.