Dr Anthony Clare, circa 1985. Photograph: Leon Morris/Hulton Archive/Getty

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Portrait of Daniel O’Connell. Photograph: Getty Images

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Senator Katherine Zappone with  Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. Should they have to ask heterosexuals’ permission to marry? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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