Equality

PREVENTING AND COMBATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

1 July 2019

Today, Monday July 1 sees the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has marked this significant date by setting out its recommendations for key priority actions from the State in the attached policy statement. Priority areas identified … Continue reading Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women

MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY

10 November 2015

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., has today signed regulations that make it easier for civil partners who now wish to marry following the commencement of the Marriage Act 2015. The Tánaiste signed the Regulations and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald signed the Commencement Order for the Act at a ceremony in … Continue reading MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY

PASSING OF MARRIAGE BILL A HISTORIC DAY FOR IRELAND

22 October 2015

The passing of the Marriage Equality Bill in the Seanad today means that generations of young LGBT people will now grow up in a country where they are equal, according to Joan. Joan said: “Marriage equality will mean that all couples, regardless of gender, will be able to have their love recognised by the state … Continue reading Passing of Marriage Bill a Historic Day for Ireland

JOAN AND LYDIA FOY MARK HISTORIC DAY FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

8 September 2015

Today marks a historic day for transgender rights in Ireland. With the Gender Recognition Act coming into force, it is now open to any transgender person to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Department of Social Protection, and subsequently to obtain a new birth certificate which reflects their preferred gender. Joan invited Lydia Foy, Michael … Continue reading JOAN AND LYDIA FOY MARK HISTORIC DAY FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

GENDER RECOGNITION ACT COMES INTO FORCE

4 September 2015

I have today (Friday 4th September) signed the Commencement Order for the Gender Recognition Act 2015, which will enable transgender people to be formally recognised in their preferred gender for all purposes by the State for the first time. I am delighted to announce that from Tuesday next 8th September, it will be open to … Continue reading GENDER RECOGNITION ACT COMES INTO FORCE

ADOPTION BILL IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP

27 July 2015

On the publication of the Heads and General Scheme of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015   For many years, adoption in Ireland happened very much in the shadows, with little or no regulation and great secrecy. Children were put up for adoption, often against the will of the mother, usually under the auspices … Continue reading ADOPTION BILL IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP

BURTON DELIGHTED AT MASSIVE YES VOTE IN DUBLIN WEST

25 May 2015

  Tánaiste Joan Burton TD has expressed delight that Dublin West was one of the constituencies with a YES vote of more than 70% in last week’s referendum on Marriage Equality.

DUBLIN WEST MARRIAGE EQUALITY FORUM

23 April 2015

Friends, It is great to see so many of you from Dublin West and beyond gather here this evening for this important forum on the marriage equality referendum.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM PUBLIC FORUM

17 April 2015

JOAN BURTON TD TANAISTE AND LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY Will host a Public Forum on the MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM The Carpenter Carpenterstown Road Thursday 28th April at 8:00 pm With Speakers Senator Katherine Zappone, John Lyons TD. There will be a Referendum on Friday May 22nd to allow an extra sentence to be added … Continue reading MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM PUBLIC FORUM

WE HAVE WORK TO DO TO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN

17 April 2015

Speaking at the Marriage Equality Forum in Cork “Friends, It is a great pleasure to be back in Cork and to welcome you all to this debate on the marriage equality referendum. In particular, I want to welcome our guests who have agreed to speak here this evening. Valerie has inspired and impressed us in her winning … Continue reading WE HAVE WORK TO DO TO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN