Ireland joins the EU case against Hungary.
The Irish government joins the European Commission’s legal action over the Hungarian Child Protection Act. This rule bans the portrayal of queer people in content aimed at under-18s. More and more countries are siding with Brussels against the Hungarian government.
The European Commission launched legal action against the Hungarian government back in December. The case was started over the child protection law criticised for its homophobic overtones, Portfolio writes. Several countries have already joined the lawsuit against Viktor Orbán’s government, with Portugal backing Brussels last week. Meanwhile, the Budapest leadership has filed a counter-petition.
But on Monday, Ireland joined the case. This means that fears that the European Commission will be left to its own devices are gone. At the beginning of the year, few countries had indicated that they would intervene. Now, EU countries are signalling their intention to do so.
Leading figures in the Irish government, including PM Leo Varadkar and deputy head of government Micheál Martin, have sharply criticised the law, which was introduced in 2021 and described it as a “Russian-style” anti-LGBT propaganda law.
A memo will be presented to the government by the end of the month seeking approval for Ireland to join the infringement case brought by the Commission before the European Court of Justice, the Irish Times reported.
Along with Ireland, Portugal and Belgium, it is increasingly certain that Luxembourg and the Netherlands will join the European Commission. Last month, Ireland backed a statement from the Benelux countries expressing serious concern that the Hungarian parliament has passed new laws that discriminate against the LGBTQI+ community in Hungary.
Hope all the fuss is worth it, for our Politicians. Can’t claim the Irish are not a religious country (or the Portuguese, for that matter) – however very different notions when it comes to acceptance of LGBTQ … As with respect to women’s rights, including but not limited to abortion.
Our counterpetition has as much chance as a snowball in hell. A losing battle – however apparently a winning issue for the Hungarian voter.
Color me dumbfounded! Ireland is another post-national, post-democratic statelet that is so ashamed of its history that it has renounced it and replaced it with the globalist-socialist dogma and is slowly “diversifying” its population, too… – rather like they’d like to “diversify” Hungary’s populace also. Nice knowin’ ya, Ireland, but we’re good, thanks.
This is not a big surprise. Ireland’s PM (not former PM as Daily News wrongly states) Leo Varadkar is openly gay. And by the way was never elected by the Irish people. He became PM in a power brokered deal to avoid new elections. So I would not put too much believe that this action by the Irish government reflects the real Irish people opinion.
Do the people of Hungary not realize that if Ukraine wins this conflict, and Russia’s military power is severely decreased, Hungary will be left as a poor, irrelevant, powerless backwater. All of Orban’s fascist strutting will bring not one dollar of foreign trade.
Dear DC, thank you for your remark, we amended the article.
Good fact check @DC !
Let’s see – the Government vote on this is before the end of the month. And to be honest – Ireland is currently run by a coalition. If the motion is passed, I don’t see why it isn’t “the will of the people”. At least, matters will be debated and considered by multiple factions, which is sadly not the case in our country.