Landmark legislation has been introduced in the Dáil to clamp down on schools who discriminate against gay teachers.
The new bill will clamp down on religious-run schools, who are currently allowed to turn away gay teachers according with their ethos.
Instead schools will only be able to discriminate in cases if it can point to specific things the employee has already done which would damage that ethos.
Equality minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says it is a balanced proposal.
"The aim is to raise the bar, so that religious run schools and hospitals will have to show real damage to their ethos, are precluded from discrimination on any of the other equality grounds and that any action taken is reasonable and proportionate."