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LGBT Rights and Legal Change in Ireland

Posted: 15 July, 2015

The LGBT activists whose case paved the way for the passage of the marriage equality referendum in May 2015 were among speakers at a legal seminar on LGBT rights and legal change held in Trinity College Dublin last week as part of a joint DIT-TCD project.

Pictured at the seminar in Trinity College Dublin were Professor Ivana Bacik, TCD, Senator Katherine Zappone, Senator David Norris, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan and Dr Mary Rogan, DIT

The LGBT Rights and the Law Seminar focused on legal cases which have brought about significant social change for gay rights and for LGBT people in Ireland. The event is the second in a series of seminars entitled Changing Ireland, Changing Law which is exploring the role public interest litigation has had on social change in Ireland. The seminar series forms part of a research project Changing Ireland, Changing Law led by Dr Mary Rogan of the DIT School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, and Professor Ivana Bacik, TCD School of Law, in conjunction with the Public Interest Law Alliance.

Speakers included Senator Katherine Zappone and her wife Ann Louise Gilligan, along with Senator David Norris, Mark Bell, Professor of Law, Trinity College Dublin and Brian Sheehan, Director of GLEN.

Changing Ireland, Changing Law is funded by the Irish Research Council, under its ‘Engaging Civic Society’ stream. Upcoming seminars in the series will focus on the rights of migrants and public interest litigation.