20 Years Since Decriminalisation of Homosexuality

20 years following the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, RTÉ Archives listens back to the political reaction at the time.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland with the passage of the second phase of the bill to decriminalise sexual acts between consenting adults under the Criminal Law Bill (Sexual Offences). Cathy Herbert reports for Morning Ireland with mixed messages of support and opposition from: Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Minister for Justice; Gay Mitchell, Fine Gael; Paul McGrath, Fine Gael; Michael McDowell, Progressive Democrats; Eamon Gilmore Democratic Left; Mervyn Taylor, Minister for Equality and Law Reform; Noel Ahern, Fianna Fáil.

This edition of Morning Ireland was broadcast on 24 June 1993.

The accompanying image shows members of the Gay and Lesbian community celebrating outside the Oireachtas in 1993.

The Dublin LGBT Pride Festival, now in its 30th year, takes place from the 21st to the 30th June.

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