Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said “the party’s participation in tomorrow’s Gay Pride Parade in Dublin shows Fianna Fáil is committed to continuing to progress the equality agenda in society.”
Deputy Martin said: “I want to thank all of the interest groups and members of the LGBT community who have worked with Fianna Fáil over many years to progress equality and I look forward to continue that important work in the months ahead. I also see an important role for Ógra Fianna Fáil in that process.”
Equality Spokesperson Dara Calleary said: “Our participation in tomorrow’s Pride Parade will mark significant achievements that have been made in recent years. Over many years Fianna Fáil has had a ground-breaking record of achievement for the LGBT community, from the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993 to the Civil Partnership Act 2010. However we recognise there is much progress still to be made to achieve full equality in our society. We will be undertaking a number of initiatives in the months ahead to pursue that equality agenda.”
Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said: “Just last month Fianna Fáil brought forward legislation which would prevent schools and hospitals from being able to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual staff. Such discrimination is specifically permitted under Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act. Our legislation was blocked by the Government but we are determined to pursue this issue as part of our ongoing commitment to promoting greater equality in society.
“Elected members of the party will join party members and Ógra Fianna Fáil for the Pride Parade which starts off at the Garden Of Remembrance at 2pm. I would encourage all party members and anyone in the city tomorrow to come along and support the parade with friends and family,” concluded Senator Power.