Labour LGBT condemn watered down civil partnerships

26 June 2008

Statement by Dessie O'Brien

Statement by Cllr Lalor McGee

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Statement by Senator Ivana Bacik

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Euro Candidate for Ireland Midlands North West

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Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

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Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development

Statement by Senator Jimmy Harte
Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation

Statement by Cllr Andrew Montague

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Statement by Cllr Ken Hickey

Statement by Sandy Gallagher

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Statement by Grainne Corcoran

Statement by Gerald Nash TD

Statement by Bernie Mullen

Statement by Alan Kelly TD
Minister of State, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport with responsibility for Public & Commuter Transport

Statement by Monica Coughlan

Statement by Cllr Patrick Collins

Statement by Michael Frain

Statement by Cllr Brian McDowell

Statement by Dermot Hayes

Statement by Robert Dowds TD

Statement by Cllr Tom Shortt

Statement by Willie Penrose TD

Statement by Cllr Ronan McManus

Statement by Cllr Kevin Byrne

Statement by Cllr Niamh McGowan

Statement by Alex White TD

Statement by Mayor Mark Wall

Statement by Cllr Michael Dollard

Statement by Mayor James O'Shea

Statement by Cllr Paddy Mac Namara

Statement by Cllr Niall McNelis

Statement by Brendan Howlin TD
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

Statement by Cllr Gillian Wharton Slattery

Statement by Derek Mulcahy

Statement by An Comhalta Patrick Hanafin

Statement by Cllr Seán Ó hArgáin

Statement by Cllr Ger Gibbons

Statement by Cllr Seanie Lonergan

Statement by Oliver Somers

Statement by Cllr Seamus Ryan

Statement by Mayor Marcella McGarry

Statement by Paddy Bourke

Statement by Cllr James Mahon

Statement by Cllr Mick O'Connell

Statement by Yvonne Shanahan

Statement by Cllr James Kennedy

Statement by Peter O'Donovan

Statement by Cllr Ken Farrell

Statement by Cllr Michael Cleere

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Statement by Cllr Pat O'Hora

Statement by Emer Costello MEP

Statement by David O'Byrne

Statement by Cllr Colm Purcell

Statement by Michael McNamara TD

Statement by Mayor George Lawlor

Statement by Cllr Chris Bond

Statement by Cllr Sean Howard

Statement by Cllr Pio Smith

Statement by Cllr John Kelleher

Statement by Cllr Breeda Bonner

Statement by Cllr Jim McGarry

Statement by Cllr Sarah Dunne

Statement by Cllr Joe Ryan

Statement by Cllr Noel Costello

Statement by Cllr Johnnie Penrose

Statement by Cllr Dee Jacques

Statement by Cllr Angela Murphy

Statement by Cllr Des Hurley

Statement by Cllr Lisa Delaney

Statement by John Lawler

Statement by Cllr Judy Dunne

Statement by Cllr Lar Byrne

Statement by Cllr Frank O'Connor

Statement by Cllr Paul Bell

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Statement by Mayor John Mulvihill Jnr

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Statement by Cllr Paddy O'Callaghan

Statement by Rachel Grimes

Statement by Mayor Jan Rotte

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Statement by Deirdre Kingston

Statement by Gerry McLoughlin

Statement by Peter Leonard

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Statement by Liam Hayes

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Statement by Cllr Tom Kelleher

Statement by Katie Lucid McCabe

Statement by Cllr Eoin Holmes

Statement by Frankie Daly

Statement by Cllr Conal Kavanagh

Statement by Clement Shevlin

Statement by Cllr Orla McLoughlin

Statement by Gavan Kierans

Statement by Sean Sherlock TD
Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research & Innovation

Statement by Margaret McCarthy

Statement by Cllr Tomás Breathnach

Statement by Cllr Tomas Hannon

Statement by Cllr Brian Collins

Statement by Cllr Richard Humphreys

Statement by Cllr Jack Walsh

Statement by Mayor Tracy O'Brien

Statement by Anne Ferris TD
Vice-Chair of Oireachtas Justice, Defence & Equality Committee

Statement by Cllr Mick Duff

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Statement by Cllr Denis Leonard

Statement by Cllr Billy Cameron

Statement by Cllr Tracy McElhinney

Statement by Cllr Des Cullen

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Statement by Aidan Pendlebury

Statement by Cllr Monica Harford

Statement by Stephen Goulding

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Statement by Cllr Declan Leddin

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Statement by Eamon Gilmore TD
Leader of the Labour Party, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade

Statement by Cllr Dan Galvin

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Statement by Peadar Markey

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Statement by Marie O'Rourke

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Statement by John Sheehan

Statement by Mayor Catherine Clancy

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Statement by Senator Susan O'Keeffe
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Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning

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Minister for Social Protection

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Statement by Cllr Michael O'Brien

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Statement by Cllr Lucy McRoberts

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Statement by Cllr Ger Barron

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Statement by Ken Kinsella

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Statement by Duncan Smith

Statement by Senator Denis Landy
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Statement by Robert O'Donoghue

Statement by Cllr Johnny Kenehan

Statement by Cllr Donna Pierce

Statement by Cllr Tony McMahon

Statement by Martina Genockey

Statement by Eamonn Maloney TD

Statement by Cllr Martin Storey

Statement by Chris Rowland

Statement by Eugene Ryan

Statement by Cllr Tom Costello

Statement by Brian McDonagh

Statement by Dominic Hannigan TD

Statement by Fergus Carpenter

Statement by Kathleen Lynch TD
Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence with responsibility for Disability,Older People, Equality & Mental Health

Statement by Paul O'Brien

Statement by Brendan Ryan TD

Statement by Shane Griffin

Statement by Cllr Carrie Smyth

Statement by Norma Thomson

Statement by Cllr Keith Martin

Statement by Cathal Rasmussen

Statement by Cllr Lettie McCarthy

Statement by Darryl O'Callaghan

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Statement by John Kane

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Statement by Gary Honer

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Statement by Eric Nolan

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Statement by Graham Spring

Statement by Cllr Lorraine Kingston

Statement by Julie McNamara

Statement by Cllr Paula Desmond

Statement by Fiona Bonfield

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Statement by Liam O'Connor

Statement by Sean Kenny TD

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Statement by Cllr Aine Clancy

Statement by Madge Dean

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Statement by Cllr Pamela Kearns

Statement by Kemi Adenekan

Statement by Cllr Marie Fitzpatrick

Statement by John McDonagh

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Statement by James Humphreys

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Statement by Proinsias De Rossa

Statement by Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne

Statement by Eric Byrne TD

Statement by Cllr Tadhg O'Donovan

Statement by Cllr Martin Coughlan

Statement by Brendan Carr

Statement by Ruairi Quinn TD
Minister for Education and Skills

Statement by Cllr Detty Cornally

Statement by Cllr Padraig McLoughlin

Labour LGBT has announced their opposition to the heads of bill announced by the Government for their Civil Partnership Bill. As expected, the bill does not include the right to apply to adopt for same-sex couples. However, the Government have gone even further in institutionalising inequality, by failing to provide equal rights in relation to taxation or social welfare for same-sex couples.

Speaking after the publication of the heads of bill, Labour LGBT Co-Chairperson Neil Ward said: "It seems incredible that the Government are seeking to introduce a partnership model which makes no attempt to introduce equality in areas such as income tax, inheritance tax, capital gains tax or social welfare receipts. To intentionally create a model that will continue to ensure inequality in these basic areas is bewildering and disappointing. We also condemn the failure to deliver the right to apply to adopt for same-sex couples, which will continue to deepen the inequalities experienced by children currently living in households with same-sex parents."

"We have long expected the Government to deliver a watered down form of partnership for same-sex couples. However, we are staggered by the inequalities which will be preserved by the introduction of this bill." Minister Gormley recently defended the delay in publication of this bill, stating that "it was better to delay publication and try to ensure the best outcome". However, the bill which the Government are now publishing represents an enormous weakening of the position proposed by the Labour Party when introducing the Civil Unions Bill, and cannot in any way be seen as a significant form of partnership for same-sex couples.

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