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# David Norris

This year
Senator David Norris delivers his final Seanad speech as he retires after 36 years
Last year
Ireland considered making 21 age of consent for gay people when decriminalising homosexuality
One 1993 document noted that moving from “criminalisation to equality might be too major a change at one go”.
The age of consent for heterosexual intercourse at the time was, and still is, 17 years old
21 was described as "probably the age most acceptable to those who do not want decriminalisation but recognise that there is no choice"
However, if 21 was chosen, "there would be an attempt to portray this country as backward", officials warned
David Norris, the longest-serving Senator in Ireland, to retire in January
All time
European court rejects challenge to 'almighty God' wording in Presidential oath
Lynn Ruane, David Norris and Michael McDowell to return to the Seanad
Seanad briefly suspended over 'misogyny' row
David Norris: The Hirschfeld Centre revolutionised Temple Bar in 1979 - it deserves a commemorative plaque
'Forget ageism, it's the truth' - Norris claims 77-year-old Michael D running for second term would be ill-advised
'And then a rocket sprang and bang': We asked David Norris to read his favourite section of Ulysses
Taoiseach planning measures to 'recognise the wrongs' done to those criminalised for homosexuality
Celebrity Home Of The Year was on last night and Twitter was BET into it
Norris lets rip on vulture funds: 'Why were they allowed into this country?'
Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
"The battle globally is only just beginning" - David Norris on what Pride means to him
David Norris says people on social welfare shouldn't be allowed to buy drink
David Norris: I am not in favour of incest, I never have been
David Norris says that gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other
'My son will never live independently. I fear for his future when I'm dead'
Comedian Al Porter will defend David Norris defamation case
7 times this century sexism in Irish politics made us cringe
A senator is worried about Yanis Varoufakis' wife riding on a motorbike without a helmet
David Norris: The most common advice about reading Ulysses is 'absolute rubbish'
David Norris on Stephen Fry and replacing wombs with 'bazookas'
David Norris got an amazing reception at Dublin Castle this afternoon
Lots of TDs are breaking the rules and wearing Yes pins - but will they be punished?
David Norris: "As a gay man, I would really welcome being voted to be an equal person"
9 times when Irish politics has been really sexist
"I'm sure Ireland will recover...": David Norris's very David Norris response to Leo
WATCH: David Norris condemns 'knickers shops and ignorant buildings' in Dublin city
There was an almighty row over Phil Hogan and Irish Water in the Seanad today
David Norris takes on Russia Today presenter over gay rights
WATCH: David Norris calls 1916 rebels 'traitors to their own cause'
TDs and Senators will meet the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors today
Here's Charlie Flanagan's explanation of why Ireland won't be throwing out Israel's ambassador
RSVP: Senators want to invite Pope Francis to Ireland
WATCH: Senator asks RTÉ payout recipients to 'give the money back'
David Norris and Paul Murphy raise homophobia in Irish and EU parliaments
‘The Bart Simpson defence’: Surprising pop culture references in the Dáil and Seanad
Lapgate, run Rabbitte, run and talking through her f***y - the political year in videos
Prince George, peat briquettes and David Norris: The week in numbers