Taoiseach marks twenty-fifth anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland

19th Jun 18 | News

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has used a speech in the Dáil and has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the thousands of people who were criminalised in Ireland for being homosexual under laws that were repealed twenty-five years ago today. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has used a speech in the Dáil and has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the thousands of people who were criminalised in Ireland for being homosexual under laws that were repealed twenty-five years ago today. 

Today marks the twenty-fifty anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland and the Dáil was debating a motion presented by Labour Party Spokesperson on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Gerard Nash, which aimed to mark the anniversary. 

The Taoiseach also published parts of his speech to the Dáil on his Twitter account and used the moment to highlight social changes in Ireland and to honour those who were prosecuted under the law and those who campaigned for change, including Senator David Norris who challenged the law in the Supreme Court in 1983. 

He said "I want to pay a special tribute to the unknown heroes, the thousands of people whose names we do not know, who were criminalised by our forbears. We cannot erase the wrong that was done to them. What we can say is that we have learned as a society from their suffering." 

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