Tag Archives: Ireland

A fourth LGBT premier – but it’s LGGG

Leo Varadkar has been elected leader of Fine Gael – making him the first openly gay leader of the Republic of Ireland and the fourth out-LGBT national leader in modern times. He replaces Enda Kenny, whose resignation was announced on 17th May – coincidentally the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The only other currently out premier is Xavier […]

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Blood ban: Ireland next?

The Republic of Ireland may be about to follow Great Britain and other countries by relaxing their life ban on blood donation for bisexual and gay men. The Irish Independent newspaper reports that a decision will be made by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar following a national conference at the end of this week. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board […]

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Crunch day in Ireland

Just two months after the massive referendum victory for same-sex marriage, the Republic of Ireland is on the brink of another step forward in LGBT rights. Today the Seanad debates the final stages of a gender recognition bill that will allow transgender people to gain legal recognition. Unlike similar laws in several other countries the decision is in the hands […]

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Ireland votes YES

With the counting not yet over in the Republic of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum it looks like a big win for equality. The Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tweeted this morning: “I’m calling it. Key boxes opened. It’s a yes. And a landslide across Dublin. And I’m so proud to be Irish today.” Turnout is above 50% across the 3.2 […]

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Ireland set to vote on same-sex marriage

On Friday the Republic of Ireland goes to the polls in a referendum on same-sex marriage. After a long campaign, opinion polls suggest same-sex marriage will pass into law, though by a significantly narrower margin than early polls which suggested a 4-to-1 margin in favour. One in five voters say they are still yet to make up their mind on […]

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