Pardon & State Apology for those unjustly convicted of abolished homosexual offences.
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Young Fine Gael & Fine Gael LGBT call on the Department of Justice and Equality to establish a scheme to allow those who were convicted of the specified abolished offences to apply to the Department to have these removed from their record and to receive a pardon from the state.
YFG & FG LGBT call for a formal apology from the Minister for Justice and Equality on behalf of the Irish state for the prosecution of these offences since 1922.
Sexual acts between men were criminalised in Ireland regardless of consent by various statutes, dating from 1634 to 1885, and remained an offence in Irish law until 1993.
Decriminalisation was a very welcome step for civil rights in Ireland, however the legacy of criminalisation left a continuing injustice as those who had been convicted retained this fact on their record. These laws were a breach of the right to privacy and personal autonomy and those convicted should receive a pardon by law, and these offences should be removed and disregarded from their criminal record.
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