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Sinn Féin put forward legislation on three major equality issues - Seeley

12 May, 2016 - by Catherine Seeley

Sinn Féin MLA Cat Seeley has said legislation has now been put forward on three major equality issues as the party’s first acts of the new Assembly. 

The Upper Bann MLA said; 

"Sinn Féin made it clear before the election that we would prioritise key equality issues as a matter of urgency in the new Assembly. 

"Today, as the first act of the new Assembly term, Sinn Féin tabled bills on marriage equality, gender quotas for local government and dealing with the difficult issue of pregnancies in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.

"We want to see marriage equality extended throughout Ireland and are committed to increasing the number of women in politics through gender equality quotas at local government elections. 

"The issue of fatal foetal abnormality is a complex one which needs to be treated with compassion. In cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and sexual crime we believe women should have the option of a termination. Where woman wish to continue with the pregnancy they should be supported in doing so. 

"For us, equality is a major issue and we are committed to dealing with these three important matters. 

"We are hopeful of the widest support on these important issues as we take them through the Assembly."

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