Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration, Fiona O’Loughlin TD, has said the marking of pride is a celebration of progress and a timely reminder that there are many more steps to take on the road to equality.

Deputy O’Loughlin was commenting ahead of Dublin’s annual pride parade where it’s expected that over 60,000 people will take to the streets to commemorate and celebrate the long road to recognition of LGBTQ+ rights.

She said, “For the past week we have witnessed the very best of people and organisations, throwing themselves into the celebration of Pride Week. Garda cars have been decorated, the rainbow flag flies over the GPO and various events are taking place to commemorate those who fought for their rights and remind people of the harrowing treatment they incurred.

“I find it particularly welcoming that this year marks the first-time uniformed Gardaí and their counterparts in the PSNI will take part in the parade. Even after marriage equality has been introduced in every other part of the UK and Ireland it’s totally unacceptable that same-sex couples north of the Border should continue to face discrimination.

“It’s high time that the political parties of Northern Ireland got their act together and reconvened the Stormont Assembly. Only they can legislate on the matter and the implement the will of the majority of their citizens”, she concluded.