'Time to stand up, mobilise and fight for rights' - Molloy
Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has said that, 50 years on from the anniversary of the foundation of the Civil Rights movement, basic civil and human rights are being denied to citizens in Ireland.
Francie Molloy MP said:
“Fifty years ago today a movement was launched that spoke to the widespread civil and human rights abuses of the Orange State.
“The Civil Rights movement captivated the energies and determination of citizens and progressive elements of civic society to bring liberating democratic reform.
“As an activist in the Civil Rights movement I and thousands of other citizens took to the streets to demand our rights and entitlements. As a Sinn Féin MP 50 years on, the same struggle against rights denial continues.
“Irish citizens today in the north face attacks on their electoral and civil rights, alongside the continued denial of rights to LGBTQ couples, Irish language speakers, and bereaved families seeking a coroner’s inquest.
“Society cannot remain quiet or complacent in the face of rights denial and discrimination.
“Young people and progressives today should hear the echoes of those who found their voice against discrimination decades ago. It’s time to stand up, mobilise, and fight for your rights.”