More Equality Needed – Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the historic vote in favour of marriage equality should signal progress on other equality issues, particularly economic ones.
Gerry Adams said:
"The 'Yes' vote in the Marriage Equality referendum has been a significant advance for the cause of equality in Ireland.
"I thank everyone who voted including 'No' voters. It was great to be part of the 'Tá' campaign. Well done to everyone involved.
"While celebrating this and commending everyone who participated, this historic vote also demands that the Government makes progress on other equality issues particularly on economic issues
"Government decisions should be equality proofed. Otherwise this Coalition's Austerity strategy will continue to impoverish people.
"Funding should also be restored to NGOs and other agencies charged with tackling inequality.
"Another notable aspect of the referendum campaign was the huge desire among our diaspora for the right to vote. Many returned home to be part of this referendum.
"This was a very heartening experience but it underlines the need to end the disenfranchisement of the diaspora.
"Emigrants and citizens in the North should not be denied a voice in our democracy. As a first step we need to extend the right to vote in Presidential elections to these Irish citizens as recommended in the Constitutional Convention."