Ireland elects its first openly gay TDs

Dominic Hannigan and John Lyons will enter the Dáil next week as the first ever openly-gay politicians to be elected as TDs in Ireland.

The Labour Party members won seats in Meath East (Hannigan) and Dublin North West (Lyons).

Today, Labour LGBT welcomed the “historic result” and thanked voters.

“History was also made in the election of not one but two openly gay TDs,” said Paul McConnell, co-chair Labour LGBT.

“The election of both Dominic Hannigan (Meath East) and John Lyons (Dublin North West) as TD’s for the Labour Party is a step forward for equality in Ireland and we look forward to their contributions in the Dáil.”