17th February 2014
Former rugby player apologises ‘profusely’ for saying gays have ‘very little interest’ in sport 19
7:43 PM — An Irish rugby player who caused controversy by saying that gay people had "very little interest" in sport has apologised.
13th February 2014
New York and Boston mayors plan to boycott St Patrick’s Day parades over ban on gay marchers 38
5:21 PM — The mayors of New York and Boston both plan to snub St Patrick's Day parades in their respective cities because organisers continue to ban gay people from marching.
Girl writes heart-warming letter of how she was inspired by drag artist Panti Bliss’s speech 8
4:13 PM — A 12-year-old girl was so moved by drag artist Panti Bliss’s impassioned speech against homophobia that she wrote to the performer and Irish broadcaster RTE expressing how she felt.
11th February 2014
Archbishop of Dublin: ‘Homophobia is an insult to God’ 12
6:03 PM — The Archbishop of Dublin says “homophobia is an insult to God”.
Irish gay couples plan to marry in England due to lack of equal marriage at home 2
12:36 PM — Several Irish same-sex couples are planning to marry in England because Ireland is yet to legalise equal marriage.
6th February 2014
Irish Senator warns against ‘dangerous, vicious elements’ within the gay community 47
3:45 PM — Senator Jim Walsh has warned against what he describes as “dangerous, vicious elements within the gay ideological movement” in Ireland.
4th February 2014
Graham Norton: ‘Unbelievable’ that anti-gay marriage group were paid damages for being called ‘homophobes’ 11
6:19 PM — Graham Norton has criticised Irish broadcaster RTÉ for paying €85,000 in damages to an anti-gay marriage group, after a drag artist labelled them "homophobes".
3rd February 2014
Ireland: Anti-gay marriage group win damages after drag queen calls them homophobes 68
1:34 PM — Ireland's state broadcaster RTÉ has been forced to pay out €85,000 (£70,000) in damages to journalists and members of the Iona Institute, after they were labelled 'homophobes' on a chat show.
This drag queen’s brilliant response to homophobia will move you to tears 90
12:52 PM — Ireland's "most fabulous" drag queen Panti Bliss has issued a remarkable speech about homophobia in the Irish national theater, the Abbey.
23rd January 2014
Irish radio listener: Kids living with gay people ‘could easily pick up AIDS’ 32
12:45 PM — Controversy was sparked when an Irish radio host read out a text from a reader which claimed that children living with gay people "could easily pick up AIDS."
22nd January 2014
Irish Government: Gay couples to get parental rights ‘regardless of equal marriage referendum’ 3
1:35 PM — Irish equality minister Alan Shatter says he plans to bring in laws to establish equal parenthood rights for gay couples, regardless of the outcome of an upcoming referendum on equal marriage.
8th January 2014
Former Irish president praised for speaking out against homophobia in the Catholic Church 7
10:56 AM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has been praised for calling on the Catholic Church to rethink its stance on homosexuality.
3rd January 2014
Ireland: HIV infections among gay men at record high 9
4:25 PM — The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV has reached the highest level ever recorded in Ireland, new figures show.
30th December 2013
Irish government minister comments on equal marriage by saying ‘we have had enough of this s**t’ 19
1:12 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny says he will be actively campaigning in favour of the referendum on equal marriage – as an unnamed minister from his party is quoted as saying "we have had enough of this s**t."
2nd December 2013
Study reveals that nearly 80% of trans people in Ireland have contemplated suicide 8
3:56 PM — A new survey has revealed worrying statistics that 80% of trans people in Ireland have considered suicide.
14th November 2013
Irish President meets with trans activists at official residence 8
12:39 PM — The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has met with trans campaigners in a landmark occasion.
7th November 2013
Ireland: 76% of voters support equal marriage 22
5:26 PM — The first poll since the announcement of a same-sex marriage referendum has found that an overwhelming majority of voters support the proposal.
6th November 2013
Irish Labour MEP calls for equal marriage referendum to be held next year rather than 2015 10
4:03 PM — Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015.
5th November 2013
Irish Government confirms 2015 equal marriage referendum 29
3:10 PM — Ireland's cabinet has formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘We must win a future referendum on equal marriage’ 3
11:57 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister says the government “must win” a future referendum on equal marriage and concedes that victory is by no means a certainty.