20th December 2012
Ireland: Number of gay couples registering civil partnerships drops 7
1:52 PM — The Irish Central Statistics Office has reported that the number of gay couples entering into civil partnerships has dropped by a third since its introduction last year.
19th December 2012
Ireland: ‘Gay’ chef to spend 8 years behind bars for raping lesbian 6
11:13 AM — A 46-year-old man accused of raping a lesbian, having previously told her he was gay, has been jailed.
5th December 2012
Ireland: Man accused of raping woman after telling her was gay
6:30 PM — The trial of a 46-year-old man accused of raping a woman, having previously told her he was gay, is drawing to a close at the country’s Central Criminal Court.
21st November 2012
Irish gay parents to receive greater legal protection 7
7:19 PM — Ireland’s Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has welcomed comments made by Justice Minister Alan Shatter on the need to improve legal provision for gay parents.
13th November 2012
Irish deputy PM: The time has come for equal marriage 37
5:18 PM — Irish deputy prime minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore says he would like to see a referendum on same-sex marriage “as soon as possible”.
17th October 2012
Dublin gets ready for Europe’s largest LGBT conference 3
7:06 PM — The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) is staging its 16th annual conference in the Irish city of Dublin from 18 – 21 October.
9th October 2012
Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage 15
4:19 PM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.
28th September 2012
Former Irish president blasts Catholic Church over anti-gay views 83
5:32 PM — The Catholic Church is becoming increasingly isolated in its attitude towards LGBT people, the former president of Ireland has warned.
10th September 2012
Irish councillor and doctor facing growing pressure over ‘stupid’ remarks against equal marriage 21
10:00 AM — A Dublin politician has been roundly condemned after protesting against the city council’s decision to vote in favour of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.
4th September 2012
Dublin City Council votes to support equal marriage 7
10:39 AM — Dublin City Council has passed motions in support of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.
26th August 2012
Catholic Cardinal calls for objective debate over gay marriage and abortion 51
9:06 PM — An Irish Catholic Cardinal has called for a calm and reasoned debate over gay marriage and abortion, but said the church was not prepared to move their position on the latter.
13th August 2012
Thousands gather in Dublin for marriage equality march 6
9:59 AM — The fourth Irish March for Marriage took place in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon. Thousands gathered for a lively demonstration calling for the country to introduce marriage equality.
23rd July 2012
Northern Ireland: Peer reignites argument over ‘perverse’ equal marriage 46
1:48 PM — After suggesting marriage rights for gay couples were a 'rung on the ladder' to legalising sex with animals, Lord Maginnis has said he is 'disgusted' that a Tory think tank supports the move and will campaign to challenge its private funding streams.
19th July 2012
Ireland: Two years since civil partnerships law passage marked 29
4:41 PM — The two-year anniversary of the day on which Ireland's civil partnerships system was signed into law by the country's president has been marked with a call for marriage equality.
11th July 2012
Irish prime minister refuses to take view on equal marriage 17
12:15 PM — The Irish prime minister, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be drawn into taking a position on whether marriage should be available to gay couples before a constitutional convention examines the issue.
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage campaign group launched 13
11:13 AM — A new campaigning group, Equal Marriage NI, has been launched to push for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland.
10th July 2012
Ireland: 734 civil partnerships since introduction last year 26
1:26 PM — 1,468 gays and lesbians in Ireland have taken advantage of the country's new civil partnerships law, which came into force in 2011.
1st July 2012
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of this generation’ 15
6:41 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, has told Dublin Pride that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples the same rights to marry as opposite sex couples.
6th June 2012
Ireland: Bid to overturn laws prohibiting gay marriages welcomed 29
12:12 PM — A new legal challenge has been launched in Ireland to test the country's legislation which currently prohibits gay marriages from taking place.
5th June 2012
New Irish human rights legislation for LGBT people 46
2:33 PM — Same-sex civil marriage and protection for LGBT students in schools are just two of the positive steps which may result from new legislation published in Ireland today.