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Sinn Féin meet with National Women's Council; challenge other parties to do the same

4 February, 2004


A delegation from the National Women's Council of Ireland, in response to a request, met with Sinn Féin's five TDs to highlight the key issues affecting women in Ireland, and how political parties can promote equality for women and work towards elimination of gender-based discrimination at local, national and European levels.

The meeting took place in Leinster House last night where the full Sinn Féin team (including TDs and political staff ) were briefed on the legislative needs and policy priorities for women in the State.

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Party Whip and Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights said:

"We commend the invaluable work of the NWCI and found this a very informative meeting. We will use the insights gained in our pursuit of the equality agenda to which our party is fully committed. Needless to say, gender equality is a key aspect of that agenda.

"In our view, it is incumbent on legislators of this State to establish dialogue with organisations representing women who make up more than 50% of the population.

It is also imperative that the laws and policies in this State meet the needs of this 50% and that proactive measures are also taken to redress the legacy of discrimination against women and their exclusion from public life.

"Our position is that all parties, whether in government or opposition, are obliged to ? at minimum - undertake such consultations and we hope that all parties who have not yet done so will follow suit."ENDS

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