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Wake up to Attacks on Gay and Lesbian People

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17/11/2008

Budget 2009 will, in effect, defeat the legislative intent of the Oireachtas when it established the two bodies as part of a new infrastructure to promote and enforce equality and rights. They will not be able to carry out necessary research. They will not be able to conduct independent surveys and inquiries. They will not be able to raise awareness of people’s equal rights and entitlements.

Despite Ireland’s growing tolerance, gay and lesbian people continue to be discriminated against. How will people like the construction worker who was found to have been sexually harassed and discriminated against because of his sexual orientation know that they can seek legal support? Even if they do know, will there be any point in knocking on the doors of nullified agencies?

On behalf of all gay and lesbian people, we are asking politicians to wake up to the attack on equality and human rights in Budget 2009.

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Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

68 organisations representing over 2 million people

Access Ireland

Age Action

Age and Opportunity

AKidWa

Amnesty International Irish section

Aontas

Banulacht

Barnados

Carers Association

Changing Ireland

Children’s Rights Alliance

Choice Ireland

Comhlámh

Community Platform

Community Workers Co-operative

Doras Bui

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland

Family Resource Centres National Forum

FLAC

Galway Refugee Support Group

GLEN

Greater Dublin Independent Living

Human Rights Centre, NUIG

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Inclusion Ireland

INOU

Integrating Ireland

Irish Association of Advocates

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Irish Family Planning Association

Irish Nurses Organisation

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Irish Refugee Council

Irish Rural Link

Irish Traveller Movement

Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre

Kilbarrack CDP

Labour LGBT

LIR Anti Racism Training and Education Programme

MarriagEquality

Methodist Women of Ireland

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre

National Lesbian & Gay Federation

National Collective of Community Women’s Networks

National Traveller Women’s Forum

National Women’s Council of Ireland

National Youth Council of Ireland

Northside Community Law Centre

Older Women’s Network

One Family

OPEN

Pavee Point

People Before Profit Alliance

Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights Campaign

SIPTU

TASC

Transgender Equality Network Ireland

The Wheel

Treoir

TUI

UCD School of Social Justice

Union of Students in Ireland

Women’s Aid

Women Together Network