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Ó Snodaigh: Labour councillor’s comments transphobic and wrong

26 July, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has rejected calls by the Labour Party Councillor Colm Keaveney for the Health Service Executive to withdraw funding for sex reassignment surgery.

The Dublin South Central TD said,

“Councillor Keaveney’s comments are sure to cause great hurt to transgender people and their friends and families. I am baffled as to why he would wish to make a target of an already-marginalised and vulnerable community.

“The HSE’s funding difficulties are not the fault of transgender people – or indeed of any service user. They are the consequence of political decisions made by the Health Minister and the Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government. His comments give credence to their lie that savings must be made in the health service by rationing care. Shame on him for pitting public patients against each other in this way.

“I call on Councillor Keaveney to retract his wrongful and ill-advised statement, which will only have the effect of stirring up transphobia. The Labour Party should also clarify its official position on the issue.” ENDS

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