Fine Gael’s first openly gay TD, Jerry Buttimer, was roundly congratulated after announcing his engagement in the Seanad earlier this week.
Buttimer, who came out in 2015 and was an active campaigner in the quest for marriage equality, was congratulated by his colleagues after news of his engagement to partner Conchobar Ó Laoghaire was announced by Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Catherine Ardagh in the Seanad on Tuesday, July 4.
“I want to wish you every happiness on your important announcement today” leas–Cathaoirleach and Kerry Senator Paul Coghlan told Buttimer.
And Jerry’s Seanad colleagues were not the only ones to express their best wishes – constituents, friends and fans were quick to hop on social media to congratulate we’ve collected some of the best tweets congratulating the Cork native. Congrats, Jerry and Conchobar!
Labour Party senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin offered “heartiest congratulations” to Buttimer for his engagement to a “Labour canvasser”. “Your [sic] not so bad yourself,” responded Buttimer.
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) July 5, 2017
Gloria’s Dublin’s LGBT choir also offered their congratulations to the couple’s “shared happiness”
— Gloria Gay Choir (@Gloriadlgc) July 5, 2017
Unsurprisingly, Buttimer’s fellow LGBT Fine Gael members were also quick to congratulate the couple:
— Fine Gael LGBT (@FineGaelLGBT) July 5, 2017
Cork woman Bríd Murphy chimed in, calling Buttimer and Ó Laoghaire “one of my favourite couples”.
— Bríd Murphy (@BridMurphy) July 5, 2017
The Victory Institute (an organisation which “works to achieve equality by developing outstanding LGBTQ leaders in government, politics and advocacy in the US and beyond”) also congratulated Buttimer. “See you in December for the stag,” he replied.
— Victory Institute (@VictoryInst) July 5, 2017
The Cork senator appeared truly touched following the numerous messages of support.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Buttimer wrote of the positive response to his engagement on Twitter. “Can’t describe the emotion on the outpouring of affirmation and congrats.”
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