A bill has been introduced in the Irish Senate that would pardon nearly 2,000 gay men who were convicted of sex crimes before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993.
The Labour Party introduced the bill, saying the convictions were “discriminatory, contrary to dignity and in breach of personal privacy and autonomy”.
The party’s equality spokesman Senator Ged Nash says the bill is a significant step forward.
“It’s an important reckoning with our past. What it won’t do is undo the cruelty that was visited upon large cohorts of our society since the foundation of the State, as a result of very draconian laws the State enforced, that we inherited from Britain.”
The introduction of the bill comes after the UK pardoned thousands of men who were convicted under anti-homosexuality laws.