‘I had a theory that if there is something difficult, do it first, you can do the easy things afterwards’

‘I had a theory that if there is something difficult, do it first, you can do the easy things afterwards’
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, former minister for justice Picture: Maura Hickey

Exactly 25 years ago today homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland. Here the woman instrumental in that change, former minister for justice Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, describes how she took up the mantle just days into her new job

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn once borrowed a phrase to point out that statistics are people with the tears wiped off. Social change in this country, from marriage equality to repealing the Eighth Amendment, has come about as a result of lifting the statistics and hard facts and looking at the people behind them, with all their tears and all their personal stories and experiences.

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