Government must reconsider equality proofing of budgets – Mac Lochlainn
Sinn Féin Justice and Equality spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Government to reconsider the Sinn Féin Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2013 tabled in July.
The Donegal North East TD was speaking after signing a pledge to support equality proofing of this and all future budgets.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said;
“Back in July Sinn Féin brought forward amending legislation which sought to increase the categories of people that are protected under the current equality legislation.
“Unfortunately the government did not support our legislation and it fell. The result of this decision means that there is no protection in legislation for thousands of citizens as we head into budget 2014.
“Over recent years vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of our society have suffered most from austerity and cutbacks. Political promises to protect them have been broken time and again.
“I am delighted to sign the pledge in support of equality proofing of budgets today at Leinster House and I would urge the government to reconsider the bill tabled by Sinn Féin in July.”