Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has submitted amendments to a motion before the Dáil and Seanad today that apologises to men convicted under the anti-homosexuality laws pre-1993.
Sinn Féin’s amendments, if accepted, commit the government to initiate legislation that will also exonerate those convicted by the same laws.
Senator Warfield said:
“An apology on the part of the state for the treatment towards the LGBTI community is welcome.
“It is more than appropriate that the state should apologise for institutional discrimination and admit that it has historically mistreated the LGBTI community.
“The government should make every effort to vindicate those convicted under these laws. It is not good enough to apologise and then neglect to sufficiently investigate methods of exoneration.
“Sinn Féin have proposed an exoneration amendment along with future commitments to implementation of hate crime legislation and a ban on so-called ‘conversion’ therapies.
“We call on all parties and independents to support these amendments, as they commit the government to act on protecting our LGBTI community now and in the future”.