The Taoiseach has commended LGBT activists and campaigners in Dublin Castle tonight for offering guidance to other gay people over the past number of decades. 

At an event celebrating 25 years to the day of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, Leo Varadkar commended campaigners for having the courage of giving guidance, manning helplines and for speaking out for those who could not. 

Mr Varadkar said it showed courage despite the disapproval of many in society.

He welcomed the family of Declan Flynn to the event, who was killed in Fairview Park in the 1980s. 

The event follows the historic all-party motion in the Dáil and Seanad this week.

The former President Mary Robinson who worked with Senator David Norris when he brought the issue to the European Court of Human Rights in the late 1980s who is also in attendance, received a warm welcome.