2nd August 2011
Blow to Irish senator David Norris’s presidential bid over ex-partner’s rape charge 12
2:12 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has suffered heavy blows to his presidential bid over a letter of support he wrote for his former partner who was charged with raping a 15-year-old boy. Mr Norris, who was the favourite for the post, has now lost the support of several backers after the story emerged at the weekend.
3rd June 2011
Gay Irish presidential frontrunner claims he is victim of ‘smear campaign’ over paedophilia comments 32
10:45 AM — Irish Senator David Norris, who looked set to become Ireland and Europe's first openly gay president, has said the digging up of a nine-year-old interview in which he made controversial remarks about paedophilia is an act of sabotage.
30th May 2011
Irish minister Ruairi Quinn launches guidelines on safe and supportive schools for lesbian and gay students 16
12:59 PM — Irish Labour Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, today launches the new publication Guidelines for Principals on Including Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students in School Policies.
14th March 2011
David Norris launches bid to become Irish president and world’s first gay head of state 82
3:33 PM — Gay senator David Norris has formally announced his bid to become the next president of Ireland. If successful, he will become the first openly gay head of state. Mr Norris, an independent senator is currently the front runner to win the position, which is primarily ceremonial.
20th February 2011
Ireland’s first civil partnerships have taken place early and in secret 25
1:55 AM — The first civil partnerships in Ireland have already taken place, more than a month earlier than the planned introduction of the ceremonies. It is understood that at least one member of both couples involved are suffering from serious illnesses with a risk of that one may die before the three month notice period for a civil partnership would elapse.
22nd November 2010
Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ 64
10:23 AM — Around 5,000 children at Islamic weekend schools are being taught homophobic and anti-semitic views, it has been claimed. According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that "Zionists" are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.
11th November 2010
Irish civil partners to be included in immigration laws 17
6:21 PM — The Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has tabled amendments to give civil partners equal treatment in Ireland's immigration laws. The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill is currently at Committee stage in the Dáil.
8th November 2010
Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16
7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.
20th October 2010
Senator David Norris could be Ireland’s first gay president 11
11:41 AM — Irish Senator David Norris has revealed that he decided to stand for the presidency after a Facebook group urged him to. The 66-year-old is an independent senator known for his campaigning on gay rights.
7th September 2010
Irish LGBT marriage equality group to launch report on the lives of children raised by gay parents 3
11:13 AM — An Irish equality group is to launch the results of a report documenting the experience of children raised in Ireland by LGBT parents.
23rd August 2010
Dubliners march for same-sex marriage rights 10
10:12 AM — Thousands of LGBT people took to the streets of Dublin yesterday to protest the lack of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.
24th June 2010
Ugandan Bishop speaks out against homophobia 22
1:56 PM — Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has spoken out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is being proposed in his native Uganda. Bishop Senyonjo was speaking at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at the end of a speaking tour of Ireland.
10th February 2010
Gay bishop’s civil partnership postponed 5
5:42 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has postponed his civil partnership after his fiance got "stressed out" with the media attention.
9th February 2010
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.
4th February 2010
Iris Robinson claimed £1,644 for a bed 26
12:28 PM — Shamed former MP Iris Robinson claimed £1,644.90 for a bed, a report of MPs' expenses revealed today. Mrs Robinson, a homophobic evangelical Christian, quit politics last month after her affair with a 19-year-old was exposed.
21st January 2010
Ian McKellen says sports world should be ‘ashamed’ of homophobia 2
2:32 PM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has criticised the sporting world for being "slow to catch up" with progress on gay players. He said that some were becoming "shrinking violets" due to abuse from fans.
13th January 2010
IBM rated most gay-friendly employer for the second time 38
10:08 AM — IT company IBM has been rated the most gay-friendly company to work for by gay rights organisation Stonewall. The firm was rated best employer in the charity's annual Top 100 Employers List.
8th January 2010
Freddie Mercury’s partner dies 5
12:44 PM — The partner of the late Freddie Mercury passed away last week. Jim Hutton had lived with Mercury for six years prior to the singer's death from an AIDS-related illness in 1991