Someone said :
So annoying that GLEN are welcoming this.
It's a step towards donations profiling based on behavior, not identity.
One step as the identity is still going to be taken into consideration to discriminate donors, first for 1 year.
Then like in other countries, once evidence shows that the blood quality has not been impacted negatively (and possibly has been impacted positively), then the duration will decrease in line with the rest of the population.
Their press release states clearly that "The IBTS policy document represents the first real step in addressing this stigma". http://www.glen.ie/attachments/Blood_ban_press_release.pdf
There is no point in not welcoming a first step in the right direction in decades, on the ground that it is not 100% good enough.
Look at it this way: if you were asked, you alone, to green light that decision, would you say "no, not good enough... we keep the life ban instead; all or nothing I say!"