Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (725, 726, 727, 728)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

725. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the development of the national LGBTI inclusion strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32378/19]

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Micheál Martin

Ceist:

726. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is satisfied that the upcoming national LGBTI+ inclusion strategy will align with the National Sexual Health Strategy 2015-2020. [32379/19]

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Micheál Martin

Ceist:

727. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to ban the practice of conversion therapy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32380/19]

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Micheál Martin

Ceist:

728. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to include the expansion of the Gay Men’s Health Service to regional locations over the lifetime of the upcoming national LGBTI inclusion strategy; if he has consulted with the Department of Health on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32381/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 725 to 728, inclusive, together.

The National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy is in the final stages of preparation and is shortly due to come before the Cabinet for approval. It would not be appropriate to comment on specific details of the policy prior to its approval by the Government. However, I can assure the Deputy that the development of the Strategy was underpinned by a robust consultation process with stakeholders, during which issues such as health coverage and conversion therapy were raised, and involved extensive collaboration with all Government Departments.

Implementation of the Strategy, which will focus on issues around visibility, equality, health, and safety, will involve all Government Departments and many public agencies. Subject to approval by Government and once launched, the Strategy will facilitate a whole of Government approach to addressing the needs of LGBTI+ people.