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Attorney General should not attend event in hotel owned by Sultan of Brunei – Warfield

10 April, 2019 - by Fintan Warfield

Sinn Féin spokesperson on LGBTQI Rights Senator Fintan Warfield has written to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to state his opposition to the Attorney General attending events in the exclusive Dorchester Hotel, London. 

The Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers is due to take place in the hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, between 10-14 April.

Senator Warfield said:

“In response to Deputies Sean Crowe and Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire in the Dáil today, Tánaiste Simon Coveney confirmed that the Attorney General has been invited to attend an event at the Dorchester Hotel over the coming days.

“The Dorchester Hotel is a business owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Brunei is a State where homosexuality is illegal. The Sultan of Brunei has absolute control in the country and has recently announced that barbaric new capital punishment laws will be introduced, including death by stoning or flogging of LGBT people.

“According to the Tánaiste, the Attorney General would be attending the event in a private capacity. However, the attendee list includes former Attorney Generals and a High Court Judge.

“It is clear that the Attorney General has been invited by virtue of his current position.

“In a letter to an Taoiseach, I have called on him to request that the Attorney General not attend the event.

“There is also an ongoing boycott of the Dorchester Hotel and page 144 of the Programme for Government commits to protecting and promoting human rights.” 

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