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De Brún calls for legislation to tackle discrimination outside the workplace

10 October, 2003


Former Assembly Health Minister and EU candidate for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún speaking following a meeting of the party‚s Ard Chomhairle has called for legislation, north and south, to tackle discrimination outside the workplace. She said 'We, in Ireland, do not need to wait for the new EU directive on gender equality to be adopted. It is time that we take the lead on this important issue.'

Ms de Brún said:

"The European Union has played a key role in making progress towards equality between women and men in the workplace. And a new EU directive on gender equality, which begins to tackle discrimination outside the workplace, will be an important advance when it is introduced.

"This should deal in particular with access to and supply of goods and services; taxation; social assistance, social benefits and healthcare; education; taxation and non-discrimination in advertising and the media.

"However, the delay in bringing forward a new EU directive, which has been due since 1999, has been causing a lot of concern right across Europe. The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle has discussed the issue and has given its support to the campaign for the directive to be implemented.

"We believe that this issue also needs to move up the agenda in Ireland. We do not need to wait for the EU to move first. We are calling for legislators in Ireland to take the lead and bring forward legislation, north and south, to tackle discrimination outside the workplace. We will engage widely on this matter in the coming weeks and months."ENDS

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