5th February 2014
Ireland: RTE boss defends €85k payout to Catholic anti-gay marriage group over ‘homophobe’ row 30
5:34 PM — RTE has blamed Ireland's defamation laws over the decision to pay a €85,000 libel settlement to journalists and a right-wing Catholic think-tank, following the comments of a drag artist on one of its shows.
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.
7th January 2014
Former Irish president urges Cardinal Keith O’Brien to tell life story in order to help gay people 27
12:03 PM — Ireland’s former president has strongly criticised the Catholic Church for its views on homosexuality and suggests Cardinal Keith O’Brien should share his life story in order to help gay people who have felt the need “to pretend to be heterosexual”.
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."
Why does the Irish version of this Coca-Cola advert omit a gay couple? 24
12:02 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca Cola has in an inexplicable move, omitted a same-sex marriage scene from an Irish version of an advert being show across Europe.
11th December 2013
Ireland: Justice Minister announces order to recognise foreign same-sex marriages 13
4:11 PM — The Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, has made an order recognising gay and lesbian couples who married abroad in places where equal marriage became legal in 2013.
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.
21st November 2013
Boyzone: We have learnt to cope from losing our close friend Stephen Gately 3
7:05 PM — This month marked four years since the death of the gay singer Stephen Gately, his Boyzone band mates say they have found ways to cope from losing a dear friend.
20th November 2013
Tesco launches inquiry into employees posting online photos and videos abusing trans customers 18
2:25 PM — Supermarket chain Tesco has launched an inquiry into employees taking photos and videos of transgender customers, posting them online, and leaving derogatory comments.
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.
11th November 2013
Irish equality minister: Laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are ‘discriminatory’ 2
5:00 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has said that laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are “discriminatory” and make “little sense.”
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 Prime Minister Enda Kenny: I will support and fight for equal marriage 11
11:31 PM — The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has pledged that he will campaign strongly in favour of same-sex marriage in an upcoming referendum.