19 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard


Government Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has launched a new publication charting the progress of equality issues in Co Monaghan over the past sixty years with encouragement to both the people of the county and country to continue the conversation about equal rights and to address outstanding issues of discrimination and isolation.

The Labour Party Deputy and Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture and Drugs Strategy was in Monaghan Co Museum on Thursday morning to lend his imprimatur to the publication of “Equality – Our Tale of Two Counties: Monaghan 1955-2015”, one of the central events of Monaghan Social Inclusion Week activities.

Minister Ó Ríordáin hailed the outcome of the recent same-sex marriage referendum, but said that issues such as the country’s “shameful” recent history of catering for asylum-seekers through the direct provision accommodation system had to be addressed.

The Minister declared his intention to seek ethnic status recognition for the travelling community, and mentioned women’s reproductive rights and the treatment of LGBT people in the workplace as areas where further equality progress could be made in Ireland.

The new “Equality” publication, copiously illustrated and boasting design by Padraig Horgan that attracted considerable praise at the launch event, unfolds the narrative of social change in the county since the mid-1950s through the eyes of nine fictional personages, each representing one of the status elements that modern equality legislation renders it unlawful to discriminate against. It provides information on equality law and points to areas where further progress needs to be made.

Members and officials of Monaghan Co Council, led by Cathaoirleach Pádraig …


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