Civil Partnership Bill must go ahead- Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin Justice and Equality spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has urged the Government to proceed with the Civil Partnership Bill before the Dáil summer recess. He was responding to last night's statement from the Catholic bishops.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
"The Government should proceed with the Civil Partnership Bill before the Dáil summer recess. There should be no wavering on this basic civil rights issue.
"Like any other citizens the Catholic bishops have a right to express their view on this matter. However, I reject their efforts to bring pressure to bear on political parties in the Oireachtas by calling for a 'free vote'. Why is it that they do not call for a 'free vote'on other measures such as the Social Welfare Bill to cut welfare payments for some of our most vulnerable citizens? The Catholic bishops' time would be better spent getting their own house in order rather than seeking to interfere in the work of the Oireachtas."