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23 Jan 2022

Kildare activist, Don Donnelly honoured at State reception for pride activists

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Kildare activist, Don Donnelly honoured at State reception for pride activists

An Toaiseach with Don Donnelly at the reception

A Newbridge man was amongst those who gathered at a special reception held in Dublin Castle last weekend.

The Taoiseach hosted a state reception during Pride last Saturday for activists who had enabled gay equality prior to the historic legislation in 1993.

Among the 900 attendance were former President Mary Robinson, Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore, David Norris and four out of the five founders of GLEN (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network).

Its principle founder Don Donnelly from Newbridge, who in 1989 launched GLEN while on the soapbox of the Late Late Show, was also commended for his six years as Director of Gay Switchboard Dublin (GSD) and his candidacy in the 1989 general election, when he ran against Charles Haughy in Dublin North Central to publicise both GLEN and GSD.

Mr. Donnelly, based in Tesco Newbridge, is currently Chairman of The Tesco European Works Council, which represents 375,000 staff across Europe.

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