Having spent the past two years backing the government on a Brexit that a majority of Northern Irish citizens voted against, it now finds support for Irish reunification at its highest ever level in Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and, crucially, among their supposed ideological fellow-travellers in the Conservative party. More pressingly still, MPs this week voted to extend crucial human rights to Northern Ireland, direct from Westminster , paving the way for the decriminalisation of abortion and the implementation of marriage equality, in line with the rest of the UK. How did a party as frothingly opposed to liberal social change as it is to Irish reunification end up presiding over a reality in which both are more likely than they have been in decades? Nevertheless, here is an attempt.
Ireland: An alternative destination for gay travelers in Europe
Visiting Ireland as a LGBT Traveler
LGBT life on the island of Ireland is made up of persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender , or otherwise. Before the general election , the Labour Party manifesto included a commitment to a referendum to allow same-sex couples to marry. This was mentioned as an item for the Constitutional Convention in the Programme for Government between Labour and Fine Gael after the election. Our sexual orientation is not an incidental attribute. It is an essential part of who and what we are. All citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, stand equal in the eyes of our laws. Sexual orientation cannot, and must not, be the basis of a second-class citizenship.
Gay Travel in Ireland
Heritage and hedonism exist in equal measure in the Irish capital Dublin. Majestic cathedrals and medieval castles are as important as their traditional pub culture. Before heading out on your own, have some Irish-style fun on this fantastic pub crawl for experiencing craic at its best. Dublin, one of the most beautiful places in the country , has had LGBT-friendly venues long before homosexuality was legalized. Dublin is also where the first Irish exclusively-gay bar as well as a place that hosted underground lesbian discos in the s existed.
Ireland has grown to be one of the most liberal countries of the world, as it was the first one to legalize gay marriage on a national level by popular vote. In addition to the several laws and rights granted to protect the LGBT community, Irelands are extremely friendly and warm people, so you will feel more than comfortable. Dublin : Of course, the capital of the country features the most organised gay scene, featuring 2 gay clubs, 2 bars and 13 club venues. Belfast : It's the largest city in Northern Ireland and it has 1 gay club, 3 gay bars and 5 gay venues. Cork : Featuring 4 gay bars and 5 gay venues, as well as many gay events take place in it, Cork is considerably loved by the LGBT community.