Statement on the passing of Sylvia Meehan - David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Workers' Rights David Cullinane TD today extended his condolences to the family of Sylvia Meehan, who has passed away this morning after a long illness.
Deputy Cullinane Said:
"Sylvia Meehan was a long and outstanding advocate & activist for workers and women's' rights. Born in 1929 in Dublin, she was educated at UCD, qualifying as a teacher before leaving to chair the Employment Equality Agency in 1977, where she remained until 1992.
"She had long campaigned through her involvement in the Irish women's movement for Equal Pay, which led to the creation of the agency.
"In the 1980's Ms Meehan campaigned against the 8th amendment and constantly fought for the rights of women and workers, in terms of gender pay and the rigid career roles for women, which pertained at the time.
"In later years she was President of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament. Her life was dedicated to the betterment of the lives of women and workers in a state that had to be dragged kicking and screaming into a world of fairness and equality.
"Sylvia was much loved by all who knew her, and our thoughts are with her family at this time."