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Age discrimination legislation cannot be discriminatory - McGahan

5 December, 2014 - by Bronwyn McGahan

Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has said the DUP's refusal to include young people in age discrimination legislation will mean a key programme for government target will not now be met.

The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said; 

“This is ultimately an equality issue and we need to work towards respecting people regardless of age when it comes to the provision of goods, facilities and services. 

“The DUP want to limit this Programme for Government commitment to older people only.

“Anti-discrimination legislation cannot be discriminatory. Such an outcome would be bizzare and indefensible.

“Sinn Féin introduced a motion into the Assembly which was passed, seeking to ensure legislation would afford protection to everyone regardless of age and our party have consistently supported progressing the legislation. 

“At committee level every group making a submission including AgeNI were in favour of extending the legislation to protect children and young people. 

“There are clear documented cases where older people suffering from cancer and young people suffering mental illness have not received satisfactory treatment due to their age. This is unacceptable. Any new legislation must protect everyone from the cradle to the grave."

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