Tag Archive | Edwin Poots

DHSSPS Reveals No Medical Evidence to Support ‘Gay’ Blood Donation Ban in NI

DHSSPS Reveals No Medical Evidence to Support ‘Gay’ Blood Donation Ban in NI

Stephen Donnan writes from Northern Ireland on the latest blood ban revelations. Under an FOI request submitted by the BBC, the NI Department of Health has admitted that there is no medical evidence to support the continued ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The decision to lift the ban in England, Scotland and […]

Edwin Poots To Appeal “Irrational” Blood Ban Ruling

Edwin Poots To Appeal “Irrational” Blood Ban Ruling

The Northern Irish Health Minister, Edwin Poots, is appealing a Belfast Appeal Court ruling, which slammed his lifetime blood ban on gay & bisexual men in Northern Ireland as “irrational”. In October of last year, Justice Treacy ruled that it was irrational for Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, under Minister Edwin Poots (DUP) to ban […]

Northern Ireland: Ban on Same-Sex Adoption Lifted

Northern Ireland: Ban on Same-Sex Adoption Lifted

The ban on same-sex couples in Northern Ireland from adopting children has now been lifted, following the recent ruling from the Supreme Court in London against Health Minister, Edwin Poots. Same-sex couples in the region are now officially allowed to make a joint application to adopt a child, like their heterosexual counterparts. Until today, gay and lesbian […]

Update: Poots Protestor Gillespie Speaks Out

Update: Poots Protestor Gillespie Speaks Out

The activist who raised a rainbow flag behind Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, (previously reported by EILE here) at an event in Derry City, has spoken to EILE Magazine. Shá Gillespie, the Derry-based LGBT rights campaigner and former chair of Foyle Pride, spoke of her reasons behind the protest: 

EXCLUSIVE: Edwin Poots Met With Rainbow Flag in Derry

EXCLUSIVE: Edwin Poots Met With Rainbow Flag in Derry

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, was met with a “LegenDerry” welcome from LGBT rights activists yesterday, as a rainbow flag was held up behind him at an event in Derry City. (Update here}. Mr Poots was visiting Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry yesterday evening, when some members of the local LGBT community decided to […]

NI: UK Supreme Court Rejects Poots’ Appeal on Gay Adoption

NI: UK Supreme Court Rejects Poots’ Appeal on Gay Adoption

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal made by Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Edwin Poots, in an abortive attempt to preserve Northern Ireland’s ban on gay couples jointly adopting children. The Supreme Court published its statement regarding the case online earlier today: The Supreme Court issued an order on 22 October 2013 stating that […]

New EILE Podcast Now Available!

New EILE Podcast Now Available!

The latest EILE Magazine Podcast is now available to download from PodOmatic and iTunes! In this week’s episode, we speak to Stephen Donnan from the Alliance Party’s LGBT group and Adam Murray from new political party NI21 about Edwin Poots’ “personal vendetta” against Northern Ireland’s LGBT community, while Declan Meehan of ShoutOUT chats about the launch […]

Poots Spends £100K+ on NI Gay Blood Ban, DUP Blocks LGBT Search

Poots Spends £100K+ on NI Gay Blood Ban, DUP Blocks LGBT Search

Pressure is building on the Health Minister of Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, as the Belfast Telegraph reports that he spent over £100,000 in public funds to maintain a ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The DUP representative for Lagan Valley has come under widespread public criticism in recent days as it was […]

Northern Irish Minister to Bring Gay Adoption Case to Supreme Court

Northern Irish Minister to Bring Gay Adoption Case to Supreme Court

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, intends to bring a case to the Supreme Court in London, to ensure that gay couples cannot adopt children in the region. In June of this year, the Belfast High Court ruled that the Department of Health’s ban on same-sex couples – as well as straight, unmarried couples […]

NI Court Allows Adoption By Same-Sex Couples

NI Court Allows Adoption By Same-Sex Couples

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has dismissed health minister Edwin Poots’ appeal against the high court determination that the current ban on same sex couples adopting in Northern Ireland represents unlawful discrimination. The minister has now been ordered to allow same sex couples to begin the adoption process.