Dr Ann Louise Gillian, the wife of Irish Minister Dr Katherine Zappone, passed away. The deth was caused by illness which is not named. Gillian and Zappone, who have been together since 1981, were both pioneers on LGBT rights in Ireland. Zappone described her late wife as her “love and life-partner” as well as an “educator extraordinaire”.They married in Canada in 2013 before same-sex marriages became legally recognized in their homeland. The two also became engaged again on live television after Ireland voted to legalise equal marriage and last year they held one more wedding ceremony in their own country. Leo Varadkar, the first openly gay Prime Minister who was just elected in Ireland said that he was “very saddened to learn of the death of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. “Dr Gilligan was deeply committed to education and equality and made a lasting contribution to Irish society, in particular as co-founder and director of An Cosan and through her work in campaigning for marriage equality,” he said.Other friends and family of Gillan called her a “champion of equality” and “strong advocate for social justice”.