LGBT Culture in Ireland - Politics - Openly Gay Oireachtas Members

Openly Gay Oireachtas Members

  • David Norris, elected as an Independent Senator for Dublin University at each election since 1987, and was the first openly gay member of the Oireachtas.
  • Colm O'Gorman served as a Senator from May to July 2007. He was appointed as a Taoiseach's nominee representing the Progressive Democrats.
  • Dominic Hannigan, was elected as a Labour Party Senator in 2007, and was elected to the Dáil in 2011 for Meath East, becoming the first openly gay person elected as a TD.
  • John Lyons, was elected in 2011 for Dublin North–West for the Labour Party.
  • Katherine Zappone, was appointed to the Seanad as a Taoiseach's nominee in May 2007. She is the named plaintiff in an ongoing case to seek legal recognition of her marriage and is the first openly gay Oireachtas member who is married.
  • Jerry Buttimer, was elected as TD for the Cork South–Central constituency in the 2011 general election for Fine Gael. In April 2012, he became the first Fine Gael TD to come out, doing so after the party announced a new forum for gay equality. He is the chairman of Fine Gael's LGBT group.

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