Following the launch of the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s EU and local elections manifesto, Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has called on all European election candidates to pledge their support for Equality Budgeting.
The Dublin candidate said:
“Inequality has deepened in Ireland over the last number of years with those on the lowest incomes faring the worst as a result of government budgetary decisions.
“Successive governments’ failures to deliver fair budgetary solutions are the very reason why we need Equality Budgeting.
“It must not be forgotten that when in government Fianna Fáil and the Green Party implemented many budgetary measures that have disproportionately impacted women.
“During the 2011 general election campaign, the Labour party promised us a different sort of politics with an emphasis on equality. This has not been the case. In fact it would appear that Labour Ministers have set their face against Equality Budgeting..
"The Labour Ministers tell us that it is their objective to underwrite fairness and equality in their annual budgets yet every decision they make in government tells a very different story.
“Sinn Féin has introduced legislation which, if enacted, would provide for a robust mechanism placed on a statutory footing ensuring equality is placed at the centre of all budgetary decisions.
“Our Dáil reform policy document ‘Towards a New Republic’ includes a provision for the introduction of a participatory budgeting process which would compel the government to publish a draft budget for public consultation.
“It is simply not good enough for any party or candidate to ignore the importance of equality when it comes to making fundamental budgetary decisions that affect every area of people’s lives.