"TENI was founded in 2006 by a small group of trans people who wanted to change Irish society to be a better and more inclusive place for trans people. In just ten years we have seen phenomenal progress," said TENI Chief Executive, Broden Giambrone. "The passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2015 was an incredible moment in our history but it was the culmination of so much hard work and dedication of so many trans activists and allies."
Speaking at the ceremony today, President Higgins said: "This afternoon I would like to acknowledge and pay tribute to all those who campaigned for such life-changing legislation. The effective and sustained advocacy carried out by Transgender Equality Network Ireland, across Ireland’s legal, political, but also medical, structures has been instrumental in ensuring that both policy and legislative enactments can foster a positive recognition of the rights to inclusion and equality of transgender people in our Republic."