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Digital Subscriptions > GCN > 340 > No: 23 THE CIVIL PARTNERSHIP ACT 2010


It was December 23, 2010, and Dermot Aherne, then Minister for Justice and Equality signed the commencement notices for the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 at a ceremony with GLEN. The ceremony was meant to be held in the Department’s offices on Stephen’s Green but we had big snow in Dublin, and as the Minister was coming from Dundalk, we relocated the ceremony to a hotel by Croke Park. The notices brought the Act into force on January 1, 2011 and given the need to give three months’ notice, the first Civil Partnerships could be entered into in April 2011.

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We’re celebrating 30 years of GCN this month, that’s three decades and 340 issues of Ireland’s beloved queer magazine, and what a time of incredible change for LGBT+ people in Ireland our pages have documented over that time! In this very special issue, with a cover specially created by artist Will St Leger, 30 columnists remember 30 moments that changed Ireland of 30 years. From decriminalisation to marriage equality, and everything in between, there’s a lot of reading and a lot or reminiscing in this bumper collector’s edition. It’s literally everything you ever wanted to know about queer Ireland. Dig in now and get reading!

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