Dáil passes Bill to remove 'chill factor' for LGBT employees in religious-run institutions

02 December 2015

In another historic step in a remarkable year for equality for LGBT people, the Dáil tonight passed all stages of the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 by acclaim. The Bill amends the provisions of Section 37(1) of the Employment Equality Act to remove the ‘chill factor’ for LGBT employees of religious run institutions. The Bill has already passed through the Seanad and will now go to the President for signing

The passage of this Bill by the Oireachtas marks the final step in a remarkable year for equality for LGBT people.

We would like to express our thanks to Minister Aodhan O'Riordan and Ministers Frances Fitzgerald and Jan O'Sullivan and the officials at the Department of Justice for their great achievement in bringing this Bill to fruition. TDs and Senators from all sides of the House have strongly backed this Bill throughout its development

It augurs well for the remaining work that needs to done to improve the lives of LGBT people that this level of leadership and support is given to removing the barriers to equality for LGBT people.