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November 3, 2014

Former BBC commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest opposes a drag queen winning the show

Irish TV personality Terry Wogan has called the Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst a 'freak'.

The 76-year-old, who has appeared on numerous British and Irish television and radio shows, used to be the BBC's commentator for Eurovision until 2008.

Following this, gay Irish TV host Graham Norton took over the role.

To pay tribute to this, Wogan was asked by the Irish Times to review Norton's new book The Life and Loves of a He-Devil.

'The inspired, logical choice for my replacement was Graham,' Wogan says.

February 11, 2014

A woman has written a perfect letter to parody homophobic opinions in Ireland

An Irish woman has penned a hilarious perfect letter to show why being anti-gay is stupid.

Kay Chambers decided to write to the Irish Times as a response to Catholic writer Breda O’Brien who believes gay people should not be able to marry.

The full letter reads:

‘Like Breda O’Brien, I too think that not everybody should be allowed to marry.

‘As a Cork woman I think that Dubliners should not be afforded this right.

April 14, 2013

Special convention overwhelmingly recommends to Ireland’s government to legalize marriage equality

Ireland’s constitutional convention has voted overwhelmingly in favor of amending the country’s constitution to legalize gay marriage.

The 100 convention members casted their historic votes earlier today (14 April) in Dublin with 79 voting in favor of marriage equality, reported the Irish Times.

February 27, 2013

A transgender woman who won a landmark high court case for gender recognition, is suing Ireland's government for failing to issue you her a correct gender birth certificate for over six years

Dr Lydia Foy, an Irish transgender woman issued proceedings against the Irish state as she remains unable to get a birth certificate indicating she is a woman despite having won a previous high court ruling in her favor.

Foy served the plenary summons against the Irish minister for social protection and the attorney general on Monday (25 February).

Foy told the Irish Times: 'I think it’s beyond belief that the State still hasn’t changed the law.

December 24, 2012

Attackers saw victim had been looking at a gay dating site on evening train to Belfast so attacked, leaving him with a broken nose and head injuries

A gay man in his 50s has spoken of how he was attacked on a train from Dublin to Belfast on Saturday night (22 December) leaving him with a broken nose and head injuries.

The man was on the 8.50pm train from his home town of Dublin when two other passengers found out he was gay and attacked him, reports the Irish Times.

The victim who has Asperger’s syndrome – was sitting in a near-empty carriage using his laptop to look at a gay dating website.

December 21, 2011

Ariff Alfian Rosli’s return demanded by Muslim groups after he married his partner in Ireland

A Malaysian national living in Ireland is under fire from his home country after photographs were published of him and his civil partner.

Ariff Alfian Rosli has been studying in Ireland for eight years and married his partner (known only as Jonathan) at Dublin city hall.

The Irish Times has reported that the photos of Rosli and his partner were published on the front of some local papers.

This resulted in Muslim groups urging the Malaysian police to investigate the issue because Rosli didn’t comply with the country’s Islamic laws.