Due to Luas works and campaign considerations, Noise is no longer having a March for Marriage in advance of the referendum. We will now hold a static community event ‘Be there for YES!’ – Gather for Marriage Equality.
Having made its way through the Seanad, the Gender Recognition Bill will today be debated by TDs in the Dáil for the first time. The debate begins after 10:45am, and again later after 12:20pm. You can watch the debate live online here, or on television (UPC channel 207).
This evening, the Children and Family Relationships Bill will be introduced to Dáil Éireann for the first time. The Bill, which was published last week, will be debated after 5pm tonight, as well as tomorrow and on Thursday.
Last night on RTÉ’s Prime Time, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, announced that he expected the marriage referendum to take place on 22nd May next. Just pencil it in the diaries for now, though, as this date has yet to be confirmed by the Minister for the Environment.
The Gender Recognition Bill has completed its passage through the Seanad, and will next be debated in the Dáil at a date to be decided. In the meantime, TENI is calling on supporters to contact their TDs to address the shortcomings which remain in the Bill.
This afternoon, members of Seanad Éireann will conclude their debates on the Gender Recognition Bill 2014. The Bill, which has been heavily criticised, was introduced in the Seanad late last month. It will later be introduced to the Dáil for completion of the legislative process.