26 Meith 2019, 17.05

The Pride Flag will fly at Leinster House on Saturday to mark the culmination of the nationwide festival, coinciding with the established of a LGBT+ group within the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Earlier today an informal meeting was hosted by the Ceann Comhairle, supported by the Cathaoirleach and the Clerk of the Dáil, to discuss the formation of the fledgling LGBT+ group.

“The purpose of this morning’s meeting was to promote a discussion among members and staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas as to how the LGBT+ group within Leinster House can be managed and brought forward over the coming weeks”, explained Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, TD.

Senator Jerry Buttimer and Oireachtas colleagues have been instrumental in the formation of this group in Leinster House.

Mr. Ó Fearghaíl added: “Across all sides of the Dáil and Seanad chambers, there is significant support for the Pride Festival, and this is reflected nationwide in the Pride events scheduled throughout the month of June.  By flying the flag over Leinster House on Saturday, we are showing our commitment to support and assist the LGBT+ community and their allies in the Oireachtas, be they members, political staff or support staff.”.

The Ceann Comhairle’s sentiments were echoed by the Cathaoirleach, Denis O'Donovan TD who said: “Pride is an annual event, and we in the Houses of the Oireachtas are delighted to support the event, and as the establishment of the LGBT+ group indicates, meetings will take place on an ongoing basis.”

Mr O'Donovan concluded: “It is important that our national parliament supports and celebrates Pride, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community across Ireland.”

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