Homosexual law reform in Ireland


Homosexual law reform in Ireland

By Frank Noakes

In Europe's bastion of reactionary social policy, the newly constructed Fianna Fail-Labour Party government has decided to change Ireland's antiquated laws on homosexual acts, which will become legal. Seventeen is proposed as the age of consent.

This will bring Ireland in line with European convention, of which it was found to be in breach nearly five years ago.

Although fierce opposition to the move by right-wing Catholic groups can be expected, the proposal is likely to receive overwhelming support when it comes before the Dail (parliament).