• Marriage Equality Referendum

    On 22 May the people of Ireland will have an opportunity to end discrimination in civil marriage laws against lesbian and gay couples.

  • Constitutional Convention

    The Conventional Convention votes overwhelmingly (79%) to ask the Government to amend the Constitution to provide for marriage equality.

  • Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act

    The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act introduces important legal protections and recognition for same-sex couples. However it fails to grant full equality to LGBTI people and ignores the existence of same-sex parented families.

  • Equal Status Act

    The Equal Status Act outlaws discrimination on a range of grounds, including sexual orientation, outside the workplace, in particular in the provision of goods and services, selling renting or leasing property and certain aspects of education.

  • Employment Equality Act

    Introduction of the Employment Equality Act which prohibits discrimination in employment on a range of grounds, including sexual orientation. Certain institutions are granted exemption from the act on the basis of religious ethos.

  • Decriminalisation of Homosexuality

    Some five years after David Norris’ victory at the ECHR, Ireland finally decriminalises homosexuality.

  • Norris v. Ireland

    After a legal battle lasting more than a decade, David Norris wins his case at the European Court of Human Rights and Ireland’s laws criminalising homosexuality are found to be in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • First Dublin Pride Parade

    A protest march condemning high levels of violence against LGBT people takes place in Dublin following the horrific murder of Declan Flynn, a young gay man. The first ever Dublin Pride march takes place in June 1983.