Ireland's Minster Of State, Jack Chambers, has posted on Instagram revealing to his constituents that he is gay.
In his statement he writes:
“As a politician it can sometimes be difficult to speak about my own personal life and that can lead to things drifting. However, It’s important for me to be true to myself firstly – and to you all in my public service role. I am starting 2024 by telling you all that I am proud to say that I am gay."
“I am fortunate that Ireland is a country that has made so many strides in recent years – becoming a much more inclusive and equal society to the extent that the sharing of this information is becoming increasingly unremarkable.”
Chambers has been a Teachta Dála for Fianna Fáil since 2016 and has served as a Minister Of State since July 2020. He has held a number of ministerial positions - currently his focus is on Transport.
It's possible that Chambers has been inspired by the positive coverage that Gabriel Attal received upon his appointment as Prime Minister of France.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Ireland?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Ireland? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality measures.
Is homosexuality legal in Ireland?
Yes. Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people?
Yes. Comprehensive anti-discrimination protections were introduced in 1998.
Is there Marriage Equality in Ireland?
Yes. A popular vote approved in 2015 approved the introduction of Marriage Equality.
Legal recognition of same-sex relationships was implemented in 2010.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Ireland?
The transformation of Ireland in recent decades is fairly remarkable – from being a very socially conservative place, it’s now considered to be one of the most liberal in the world.
There is a vibrant and visible LGBTQ community in Ireland.