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18 February 2007 @ 10:57 pm
Labour Party calling on vocal support from the Irish gay community for their Civil Unions Bill  
via my brother:


Link to Dail TDs by Constituency:
http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=29&disp=const

SNIP
"The Labour Party are calling on vocal support from the Irish gay community for their Civil Unions Bill, which will be tabled as a Private Members Bill at the Dail next Tuesday, February 20.

The Bill would give straight, gay and lesbian couples the same rights and obligations married opposite-sex couples have.

The Bill will be introduced between 7 and 8.30pm next Tuesday, February 20. This will be followed by a debate and vote the next day, again between 7 and 8.30pm. It is the first time legislation to provide for Civil Unions for same sex couples will be debated and voted on in the Dail.

An unsuccessful vote will mean that the Bill is defeated. The government may also employ various delaying tactics that will essentially kill the initiative. The best way to stop such devices being used is for the gay community and others who support this initiative to make it clear publicly that they will consider such a move a denial of their rights.

If you support the Bill, you should either email TD. Each TD has an email which follows the pattern name.surname@oireachtas.ie , emails and phone numbers of each TD are in the phone book, or call your local constituency TD. You can phone the Dáil at 01 618 3000 and ask to be put through to your local TD to ask them how they intend to vote on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Civil Union Bill.

Labour are asking supporters of the Bill to pay particular attention to the 8 PD TD's, particularly Michael McDowell, the Tanaiste, and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and Leader of the PD's. Email minister@justice.ie or register your support for the Civil Union Bill by ringing the Minister's office at 01 602 8202.

A call is also going out for members of the gay community to be present in the Gallery at the Dail on Tuesday and Wednesday (20 and 21).

"If people don't fill the Gallery, it will give the message that this issue is not important to the lesbian and gay community," says Labour TD, Brendan Howlin, who will be tabling the Bill.

There are places for 150 people in the Dail Gallery. If you would like to attend, contact Cathy Flanagan at 01-618 4715 or email: cathy.flanagan@labour.ie

A copy of Labour's Civil Union Bill can be downloaded at:

http://www.labour.ie/campaigns/listing/20061214124921.html
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Just had a great BCie day trip to Cork. I'll probably do an update at some stage, and a London trip report.
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Doriandorianegray on February 19th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for this. I have e-mailed all my TDs and posted about it (with a link to here - hope you don't mind!) in my own journal.
a very caring potato: pedro lacks political experiencemollydot on February 19th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
Not a problem at all, link away.
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on February 19th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
Will email the TDs. I have had some success in the past with mailing TDs. And this is an election year.

I'm off to Cork this weekend...
a very caring potatomollydot on February 19th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Have you? That's good to here.

I just went for the day. Quite a lot of travelling for one day, but had a great time.

I brought your scarf with me and got a handful of rows done.
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on February 19th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
My scarf? Which one?!

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at least 10% Discocuntbiascut on February 19th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Does anyone know a website where you can find out who your TDs are? I am actually registered to vote here - even though I probably won't still be living at this address by the time there's an election - so I'd definitely like to write.

I am also wildly confused about the idea of having more than one TD, since you only ever have one MP in the UK. I mean, I understand in principle how proportional representation works, but it still feels strange!
a very caring potatomollydot on February 19th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Er... I found out last night. Perhaps there's a link in the one of the links above? I'll take a look.

Do you know which is your consituency? I didn't, but I looked in a couple, and recognised mine by the names on the bumpf that comes in the door.

And it had never occurred to me that you'd have only one MP. That feels strange to me!
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a very caring potato: pedro lacks political experiencemollydot on February 19th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't done it yet. I was a little pissed last night & would rather do it from home tonight than do it in work.

I dunno though, is it better to have it worded diferently from each person? Would a form letter make it look like people are less interested?
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a very caring potatomollydot on February 20th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Have sent mine now. I asked how they intended voting and said that I hoped it would be a positive response. Two responses so far.
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kristamm: bucketopupskristamm on February 19th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
Do you suppose it makes any difference that I can't actually vote here?
a very caring potatomollydot on February 19th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I don't know. I wonder if they check names against the register?
There's no harm in mailing anyway. And you could pass the message on.
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(Anonymous) on March 9th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Why is it the Irish are always so far more advanced and progressive than the Australian politicians? We have bigoted IDIOTS here


-Smartie >:(
a very caring potato: homophobia is gaymollydot on March 9th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
OTOH, the bill has been dismissed without anyone actually coming out against it. The government said we should delay it for 6 months. There's an election before that. Any bills will automatically be dropped. Tricksy little hobbitses politicians.
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