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Further constitutional, social and economic change for equality needed – McDonald

24 May, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has commended the strides made yesterday for equality, but has highlighted the many other aspects of Irish life where inequality still exists.

Speaking today Mary Lou McDonald said,

"Yesterday the people spoke in favour of equality. It was another marker on the road to building an equal and inclusive republic.

“The campaign was supported by many working class and rural communities that have suffered and continue to suffer economic inequality and inequality in access to public services.  The social and economic rights of these communities need to recognised, respected and enacted

“Two key elements driving forward the campaign were young people and the diaspora. Yet this government has ignored recommendations to lower the voting age to 16 or to extend voting rights to the diaspora and Irish Citizens living in the north.

“Yesterday demonstrated the power of the people, the power of democracy. Sinn Féin will continue to press for extending democratic rights to our young people, to our emigrants and to our citizens in the north.

“In extending rights to everyone in the Irish nation, I am sure that we will have many more good days like yesterday.”

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