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Scene and Culture
Whilst Ireland is a deeply Catholic country in recent years there has been a sea change in attititudes as the country has modernised and has positioned itself within the main stream of Europe. This is reflected in the passing of very progressive laws on homosexuality and a generally liberal climate. There is a fun and vibrant gay scene in Dublin with many bars, clubs, sauna's and hotels making it a great city break destination for gays and lesbians.
Gay Age of Consent
Lesbian Age of Consent
Straight Age of Consent
Until as recently as 1993 male homosexual acts were in fact criminalised by two statutes inherited from the British era. Over the last decade all the last vestiges of discrimination have been pretty much swept away.
Following a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights Ireland abolished the old discriminatory offences of buggery and gross indecency and put in place an age of consent of 17 for men (both heterosexual and homosexual) and an age limit for women was set at 15 again both homosexual and heterosexual sex. Curiously Ireland therefore still discriminates on the grounds of gender which has the effect that the age of consent for gay men is 17 but for lesbians is 15.
In 2000 The Equal Status Act was passed which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services and accomodation. The Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act (1989) created a number of offences which outlaw the stirring up of hatred against groups of persons on the grounds of certain characteristics including sexual orientation. There is employment protection legislation.
In April 2004 Senator David Norris unsucessfully tried to introduce the "Domestic Partnership Bill" into the Irish Parliament granting same-sex couples the same rights in law as married heterosexuals. There remains political pressure for such legislation to be introduced.
Ireland is best to visit in the summer from May to September. Ireland is not known as the Emerald Isle for nothing and visitors will find it wet so bring your umbrella
Ireland has a temperate climate which is influenced by the North Atlantic Drift and characterized by mild, moist and changeable conditions. Rainfall is heaviest in the west where it can exceed 3,000 mm per annum while 60% of the country has an average annual rainfall between 762 mm and 1,270 mm. Extremes in temperatures are uncommon, although the weather can be changeable as a result of temperate depressions. Average temperature ranges are from 4c to 7c in January or February to 14c to 16c in July or August.