Equality and Human Rights

I am seeking equality proofing of social and economic policies and am working to support a rights-based approach to health, housing and education and legislation to ensure equality of access to these services.

I am continuing to advocate for equality between women and men and for the closing of the pay and pension gap, quality affordable childcare, resources to tackle violence against women, and repeal of the 8th Amendment. I am working to promote equality of representation in all areas of national life, including arts, sport, STEM and our educational institutions.  

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Cross-party cooperation makes significant progress on domestic violence legislation

The Civil Engagement Group in Seanad Éireann welcomes that the critically important Domestic Violence Bill 2017 has today passed committee stage in the upper house. Among the amendments agreed at committee stage today were the creation of the offence of coercive control, and the acceptance that the closer the abuser is to the abused, the more serious that offence is. This was achieved thanks to the close cooperation of Senators from Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, the Civil Engagement Group, and independent senators, as well as constructive engagement from Minister David Stanton and his officials in the Department of Justice and Equality.