The commission reviewed such areas as property, succession, maintenance, pensions, social welfare and tax and recommended some changes in the law to provide rights for qualifying cohabitees.
In a departure from the norm, the report recommended legislative changes.
These were to give legal recognition to same-sex couples, to provide equality with married couples in the areas of adoption, inheritance and taxation to eliminate discrimination.
The Commission called for legal recognition of all de facto relationships, but did not call for civil marriage to be made available to same-sex couples.
The IHRC has also released a report on the civil partnership scheme in January 2009. In a 2005 radio interview, the partnerships officer said that full civil marriage would not be likely to succeed in a referendum.
The recommendations included calls for the Law Reform Commission to consider models to achieve equal rights for same-sex couples in its then upcoming report.