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Ireland elects first openly gay TD

Dominic Hannigan, Irish politician

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Dominic Hannigan who topped the poll in his consituency of Meath East, is the first openly gay person to be elected to the Dáil Éireann.

Hannigan made headlines in 2006 when he marched in the Dublin Gay Pride Parade with his partner when he was a county councillor.

At the time, the editor of the Gay Community News told reporters at the Irish Independent that there was, definitely, a gay TD in office, but that:

“This is someobody who has had a long career, of which being gay has not been a part. Getting it out of the way at the beginning or early in your career is probably the best way to do it now. If you have been around a long time, and it’s never been in the public domain, it’s very difficult to come out.”
Irish Independent

Ireland has had openly gay senators, a lesbian mayor, now our first openly gay TD. Fingers crossed we will see our first openly gay President this year. Senator David Norris, who was instrumental in having homosexuality decriminalised in 1993 is one of the early favourites.

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One Response to Ireland elects first openly gay TD

  1. KatieMurphy

    February 28, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Ireland now has civil unions. In the country that Evangelized catholocism for much of europe. And I’ve seen that a gay person is leading in terms of becoming President in an election, I think in April.

    Pope Benedict, whom some people have exposed as taking his church backwards ever faster, has in a strange way been a wonderful benefit for gay people. In spite of himself.

    Go to:, and Especially if you are catholic, it should make you stop and think about your church.

    Also google “christian brothers and molestation”. this is a catholic group that runs orphjanages and reform schools in Ireland. Another blood curdling expose on the catholic church and what it has been / become