Rights of Sexual Minorities In Ireland and Europe: Rhetoric Versus Reality

Bruce Carolan, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Article

Penn State International Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2001


Superficially, Irish and European Community law proclaim the rights of sexual minorities - particularly in web sites and printed information designed for public consumption. The reality is different. This article identifies a gap between the public pronouncements on the rights of sexual minorities under Irish and EC law. It employs a hypothetical fact situation to suggest that existing legal protections are anemic, and argues that the potential failure of affected groups to identify these deficiencies (due to contradictory claims in public information campaigns) could endanger efforts to effect progressive change.