Ireland is to issue an apology for historical persecution under anti-gay laws.
The Republic of Ireland only decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, five years after its archaic sodomy law was found to be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Prior to decriminalisation, laws dating from the nineteenth century made “buggery” an offence punishable by imprisonment, and gay men in the country lives under a culture of fear.
In a poignant move today, the government of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to issue an apology to men who were persecuted under the laws.
The move has a particular resonance as Varadkar is the country’s first openly gay leader, taking office in June 2017.
The leader is expected to give a speech before the Dáil today on a Labour Party motion on the issue. The motion is supported across parties.
Mr. Varadkar (middle) with his partner Matt Barrett (right)
and Mr. Trudeau (Canada PM), at Montreal Pride Parade