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Lesbian and gay issues now feature regularly in Dail and Seanad discussions, debates and questions, across a wide range of issues, including civil partnership, lesbian and gay families, school safety and homophobic bullying, access to civil marriage and, mental health and suicide prevention. This section documents the Oireachtas dicussions on LGBT issues.
The links below are to a web serivce www.KildareStreet.com which is a searchable archive of everything that's been said in the Dáil and Seanad and all written parliamentary questions.
Joanna Tuffy TD and Eric Byrne TD ask the Minister for Justice about legal rights for same-sex families and about implementing the relevant Law Reform Commission Report. The Minster replies that he is considering legislative proposals.
Jerry Buttimer TD, in a debate on an Education Bill in the Dail supports the proposal to Amend Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act to remove the 'implicit threat of sanction' for LGB teachers.
Finan McGrath TD asks the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on access to marriage. The Minister replies that it's not possible without legislation following a yes vote in a constitutional referendum on the issue.