Programme for Government - Keep the pressure on new TDs
28 Feb 2011
With the counts for the General Election finally completed, we have a clear picture of what the 31st Dáil will look like. RTE has comprehensive coverage of the election results, which can be found here.
Fine Gael and the Labour Party will most likely form the next Government and negotiations are already underway in relation to the Programme for Government. These negotiations will decide what issues from each Party's election manifesto will make it in to the new Government's plan of what it will work to achieve during its lifetime.
At Marriage Equality, we want to make sure that a commitment to achieving marriage equality for same sex couples is included in the Programme for Government, so that it remains a priority political issue.
We are asking all our supporters, friends and families to call, email or visit their newly-elected TDs in Fine Gael and the Labour Party and urge them to do everything in their power to ensure that the issue of marriage equality for same sex couples is included in the Programme for Government.
The Labour Party gave a strong commitment to achieving marriage equality in their election manifesto and although some individual Fine Gael TDs showed support for marriage equality in the run up to the election, it was not part of their election manifesto and according to Enda Kenny, it is not a priority issue for them. So they all need encouragement from all of us to show them that equality is a priority issue for us, our friends and families.
From the Labour Party Manifesto:
Equality is for everyone. Labour will hold a referendum on gay marriage rights (p.7)
Labour is committed to holding a referendum to provide for constitutional recognition of same sex marriage (p.80)
Make sure your TD knows how you feel about the issue - Same sex couples and our families deserve equality today!
We've compiled a selection of reasons why a commitment to achieve marriage equality for same sex couples should be included in the Programme for Government, why the Time is Now for marriage equality:
- Public support for marriage equality has grown over the last few years, from 51% in October 2006 to 67% in September 2010 (Irish Times Poll).
- In research carried out by Lansdowne Market Research in February 2010, 62% of people surveyed said they would vote in favour of same sex marriage if a referendum on the issue was held.
- The Irish Independent (24 February) published a poll showing that 2/3 of Irish people believe that same sex couples should have the right to marry.
Mobilisation of the Lesbian and Gay community
- Not since the decriminalisation of homosexuality almost 20 years ago have lesbian and gay people been so organised and mobilised around one issue that affects our lives.
- Over 5000 people took part in the March for Marriage in August 2009, and approximately 12,000 people took part in Dublin Pride in 2010 with the theme "We are Family", calling for equality for our families.
- Strategic allies from across civil society have pledged their support, and if a referendum is needed and called, these allies will support our joint campaign.
The KAL Case
- The Zappone-Gilligan appeal case will be heard by the Supreme Court later this year.
- If the case is successful, the Government must legislate for equality.
- If the court makes a neutral decision (ie - says the Constitution neither compels, nor blocks marriage being open to same sex couples) then the Government will be free to legislate for marriage equality.
- If the court finds that the Constitution prohibits same sex couples from marrying, then a referendum must be held to change the Constitution, to bring it in line with what the people of Ireland want.
International Developments - We Can't Be Left Behind
- We now have 10 countries that give same sex couples access to civil marriage, and 5 US States.
- US President Barack Obama has, as recently as last week, directed lawyers for the state to drop their defence of the Defence of Marriage Act, which prohibits the recognition of marriage for same sex couples at federal level. This is monumental and paves the way for marriage equality to become a reality throughout the US in the next few years.
- Ireland cannot be left behind, and should lead the way for other EU member states and countries worldwide.
For your convenience, we have listed the newly elected (and re-elected) Fine Gael and Labour TDs below:
NEWLY ELECTED (AND RE-ELECTED) LABOUR TDs
|Name||Constituency||Email Address||Name||Constituency||Email Address|
|BROUGHAN, Tommy||Dublin North East||Thomas_P_Broughan@oireachtas.ie||MCCARTHY, Michael||Cork South Westemail@example.com|
|BURTON, Joan||Dublin Westfirstname.lastname@example.org||MCNAMARA, Michael||Clareemail@example.com|
|BYRNE, Eric||Dublin South Centralfirstname.lastname@example.org||NASH, Gerald||Louthemail@example.com|
|CONAGHAN, Michael||Dublin South Centralfirstname.lastname@example.org||NOLAN, Derek||Galway Westemail@example.com|
|CONWAY, Ciara||Waterfordfirstname.lastname@example.org||O RIORDAIN, Aodhan||Dublin North Centralemail@example.com|
|COSTELLO, Joe||Dublin Centralfirstname.lastname@example.org||O'SULLIVAN, Jan||Limerick Cityemail@example.com|
|DOWDS, Robert||Dublin Mid Westfirstname.lastname@example.org||PENROSE, Willie||Longford - Westmeathemail@example.com|
|GILMORE, Eamon||Dun Laoghairefirstname.lastname@example.org||PHELAN, Ann||Carlow - Kilkennyemail@example.com|
|FERRIS, Anne||Wicklowfirstname.lastname@example.org||QUINN, Ruairi||Dublin South Eastemail@example.com|
|HANNIGAN, Dominic||Meath Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org||RABBITTE, Pat||Dublin South Westemail@example.com|
|HOWLIN, Brendan||Wexfordfirstname.lastname@example.org||RYAN, Brendan||Dublin Northemail@example.com|
|HUMPHREYS, Kevin||Dublin South Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org||SHERLOCK, Sean||Cork Eastemail@example.com|
|KEAVENEY, Colm||Galway Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org||SHORTALL, Roisin||Dublin North Westemail@example.com|
|KELLY, Alan||Tipperary Northfirstname.lastname@example.org||SPRING, Arthur||Kerry - North West Limerickemail@example.com|
|KENNY, Sean||Dublin North Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org||STAGG, Emmet||Kildare Northemail@example.com|
|LYNCH, Kathleen||Cork North Centralfirstname.lastname@example.org||TUFFY, Joanna||Dublin Mid Westemail@example.com|
|LYNCH, Ciaran||Cork South Centralfirstname.lastname@example.org||WALL, Jack||Kildare Southemail@example.com|
|LYONS, John||Dublin North Westfirstname.lastname@example.org||WHITE, Alex||Dublin Southemail@example.com|
|MALONEY, Eamonn||Dublin South Westfirstname.lastname@example.org|
NEWLY ELECTED (AND RE-ELECTED) FINE GAEL TDs
|Name||Constituency||Email Address||Name||Constituency||Email Address|
|BANNON, James||Longford Westmeathemail@example.com||HAYES, Tom||Tipperary Southfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BARRETT, Sean||Dun Laoghaireemail@example.com||HEYDON, Martin||Kildare Southfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BARRY, Tom||Cork Eastemail@example.com||HOGAN, Phil||Carlow Kilkennyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BREEN, Pat||Clareemail@example.com||HUMPHREYS, Heather||Cavan Monaghanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BRUTON, Richard||Dublin North Centralemail@example.com||KEATING, Derek||Dublin Mid Westfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BUTLER, Ray||Meath Westemail@example.com||KEHOE, Paul||Wexfordfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BUTTIMER, Jerry||Cork South Centralemail@example.com||KENNY, Enda||Mayofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BYRNE, Catherine||Dublin South Centralemail@example.com||KYNE, Sean||Galway Westfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CANNON, Ciaran||Galway Eastemail@example.com||LAWLOR, Anthony||Kildare Northfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CAREY, Joe||Clareemail@example.com||MATHEWS, Peter||Dublin Southfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|COFFEY, Paudie||Waterfordemail@example.com||MCENTEE, Shane||Meath Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|COLLINS, Aine||Cork North Westemail@example.com||MCFADDEN, Nicky||Longford Westmeathfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CONLAN, Sean||Cavan Monaghanemail@example.com||MCGINLEY, Dinny||Donegal South Westfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CONNAUGHTON, Paul||Galway Eastemail@example.com||MCHUGH, Joe||Donegal North Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|COONAN, Noel||Tipperary Northemail@example.com||MCLOUGHLIN, Tony||Sligo - North Leitrimfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CORCORAN KENNEDY, Marcella||Laois Offalyemail@example.com||MITCHELL O'CONNOR, Mary||Dun Laoghairefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|COVENEY, Simon||Cork South Centralemail@example.com||MITCHELL, Olivia||Dublin Southfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CREED, Michael||Cork North Westemail@example.com||MULHERIN, Michelle||Mayofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CREIGHTON, Lucinda||Dublin South Eastemail@example.com||MURPHY, Dara||Cork North Centralfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DALY, Jim||Cork South Westemail@example.com||MURPHY, Eoghan||Dublin South Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DEASY, John||Waterfordemail@example.com||NAUGHTEN, Denis||Roscommon - South Leitrimfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DEENIHAN, Jimmy||Kerry - North West Limerickemail@example.com||NEVILLE, Dan||Limerickfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DEERING, Pat||Carlow Kilkennyemail@example.com||NOONAN, Michael||Limerick Cityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DOHERTY, Regina||Meath Eastemail@example.com||O'DONNELL, Kieran||Limerick Cityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DONOHOE, Paschal||Dublin Centralemail@example.com||O'DONOVAN, Patrick||Limerickfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DOYLE, Andrew||Wicklowemail@example.com||O'DOWD, Fergus||Louthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|DURKAN, Bernard||Kildare Northemail@example.com||O'MAHONY, John||Mayofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ENGLISH, Damien||Meath Westemail@example.com||O'REILLY, Joe||Cavan Monaghanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|FARRELL, Alan||Dublin Northemail@example.com||PERRY, John||Sligo - North Leitrimfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|FEIGHAN, Frank||Roscommon - South Leitrimemail@example.com||PHELAN, John Paul||Carlow Kilkennyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|FITZGERALD, Frances||Dublin Mid Westemail@example.com||REILLY, James||Dublin Northfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|FITZPATRICK, Peter||Louth||RING, Michael||Mayoemail@example.com|
|FLANAGAN, Charles||Laois Offalyfirstname.lastname@example.org||SHATTER, Alan||Dublin Southemail@example.com|
|FLANAGAN, Terence||Dublin North Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org||STANTON, David||Cork Eastemail@example.com|
|GRIFFIN, Brendan||Kerry Southfirstname.lastname@example.org||TIMMINS, Billy||Wicklowemail@example.com|
|HARRINGTON, Noel||Cork South Westfirstname.lastname@example.org||TWOMEY, Liam||Wexfordemail@example.com|
|HARRIS, Simon||Wicklowfirstname.lastname@example.org||VARADKAR, Leo||Dublin Westemail@example.com|
|HAYES, Brian||Dublin South Westfirstname.lastname@example.org||WALSH, Brian||Galway Westemail@example.com|