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Sinn Féin responds to Fahey appointment to Equality brief

6 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Equality Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on transparency from the Taoiseach as to the credentials of his newly-appointed Minister of State for Equality, Frank Fahey TD. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"The last Ministerial appointments in relation to the equality brief were nothing short of disastrous. Neither Minister McDowell nor the former Minister of State O'Dea believe in equality in fact both have been quite open in their contempt for equality. The Taoiseach has effectively endorsed Minister McDowell's approach to the brief in his reappointment last week.

"If the Taoiseach does intend to use the Fahey appointment to restore public confidence, let him in a transparent and publicly accountable way tell us why this particular man is qualified for the job, and more importantly, whether he will promote equality in this state as his brief requires or whether he can be expected to take the same negative approach as O'Dea and McDowell.

"This is not a throwaway brief. It involves acts of completion on Irish Government commitments under Strand 3 of the Good Friday Agreement with respect to equality including the outstanding issue of non-equivalence with the minimal equality provisions enacted in the Six Counties. Will this Minister deliver on the Good Friday Agreement commitments or will he, like his predecessor, do nothing? This is the basis on which his performance will be judged." ENDS

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