Dr. Lydia Foy to be awarded European Citizen’s Prize 2015 – Lynn Boylan MEP
Dr. Lydia Foy is to be awarded the European Citizen’s Prize for 2015 after being nominated by Sinn Féin MEPs Lynn Boylan, Martina Anderson, Matt Carthy and Liadh NíRíada.
Speaking today after receiving confirmation from the European Parliament on the success of Lydia Foy’s nomination, Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan extended her congratulations to Dr. Foy.
The Sinn Féin MEP said:
“Lydia Foy was nominated by Sinn Féin for the award of the European Citizen’s Prize and her recognition by the European Parliament is fully deserved.
“Lydia first applied for a new birth certificate to reflect her gender in 1993 and was refused. Since then Lydia has been in and out of court culminating in the State being found to be in breach of its positive obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.
“Through her tireless campaigning Lydia Foy has finally succeeded in getting the Irish State to introduce the Gender Recognition Bill this year. She has been a source of great strength to the Transgender community and has encouraged others to come forward through her bravery.
“Lydia is a fitting recipient of this European Citizen’s Prize and I and my fellow Sinn Fein MEPs send her our heartiest congratulations".
Speaking in Dublin after hearing of her award, Dr. Lydia Foy commented:
"I am so happy, honoured and overwhelmed to receive this award. I want to thank the judges and I would particularly like to thank all four Sinn Féin MEPs for nominating me. It is terrific news and I am so delighted."