Speaking today from the platform at Dublin Pride 2017, Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield said:

“A chairde,

“I am honoured to have been invited to speak today by the organisers of Dublin Pride. Sinn Féin commend your voluntary effort, today and all of the other days.

“I am mindful that many of our brothers and sisters right across the globe still literally put their lives on the line to celebrate Pride.

“I want to make particular reference to our community in Chechnya, who are facing unprecedented levels of oppression, murder and violence – you are not alone and we are with you always.

“And to those who deny the existence of gay men in Chechnya, know this; Ireland condemns your murder and your hate, and stands with all those who seek to overcome your violence, with solidarity, compassion, and with actions that speak louder than words. With truth and love against a force of evil.

“On May the 22nd 2015, the Irish people said, in no uncertain terms, that they believe in an equal Ireland, that they favour civil marriage equality, and that everyone, every citizen and every resident should have the same opportunity, no matter who we are, what we look like, where we’re from, or who we love.

“That is the spirit in which we can, and must build a New Ireland. An Ireland that recognises a person’s right to a home, to marriage equality, to Traveller ethnicity, to gender recognition, to live free from direct provision. An Ireland that guarantees decency and democracy at work, and an Ireland where everyone has access to a universal health service.

“In the North of Ireland, Sinn Féin will not give up the struggle for marriage equality. We all made grá the law in the south and our northern brothers and sisters deserve no less.

“I believe and Sinn Féin believe that Ireland’s response to a fractured world must be truly inclusive, and that our response should include all of the multitudes of voices that together speak of and for a new Ireland – from all genders and none, of all ages, of all sexual orientation and social background, of all skin colour and regardless of a disability.

“The rainbow society, the LGBTQI community, has a role to play in building alliances and in shaping Ireland’s response to a fractured world, and that work begins in the campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment. We in Sinn Féin will be with you every step of the way.

“I want to finally give a special welcome to those who join the protest for the first time, and I want to wish all of our community, allies, and friends a safe, happy, and healthy Pride.

“You’re amazing and wonderful. And you look great. So, stay safe and have fun, and make this year’s Dublin Pride the best ever!

“Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir!”