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.”
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.