Tax laws and other legislation need to be brought into the 21st century
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, speaking in Leinster House today said he welcomed the decision by a High Court Judge to give an opportunity to an Irish lesbian couple to seek a Judicial Review to have them treated as a married couple under the Tax Acts. However, he said it was "regrettable that it had to go before the courts at all."
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
"I welcome the decision of Mr. Justice McKechie today to give an opportunity for a Judicial Review that may force the Irish Government to finally recognise same sex couples as equals in Irish society. However it is deeply regrettable that this issue had to go before the courts at all. It is about time this Government adapted to changing times and pro-actively promoted human rights and equality under Irish law.
"Sinn Féin believes that same sex couples should be treated the same as other couples in all aspects of life. Sadly, same sex couples are discriminated against under the current Tax Laws and other legislation, all of which need to be brought into line to reflect 21st century society.
"Sinn Fein fully supports the couple involved in this case and wish them all the best with their future proceedings. We also look forward to this issue being addressed by the Oireachtas All Party Committee on the Constitution in the near future. Sinn Féin intends to fully engage in that process." ENDS