‘No Pay for Sex’ – Sinn Fein

Prostitution “a form of men’s violence against women…”

Cllr. Thomas Healy, Sinn Fein.
Cllr. Thomas Healy,
Sinn Fein.

‘No pay for sex’ will be Sinn Fein’s message when party council member, Thomas Healy addresses a meeting of Sligo County Council on Monday.

In a notice of motion, Cllr. Healy will say that the council “recognises that the trafficking, exploitation and abuse of women and girls is taking place in Sligo and throughout the country as a direct result of prostitution.”

He will state that the council understands prostitution to be “a form of men’s violence against women that affects individuals, communities, and society as a whole, and human trafficking for sexual exploitation is a modern form of slavery and an abuse of human rights.”

His overriding concern is for action from the Minister for Justice and Equality who he wants to implement the unanimous recommendation of the Justice Committee for laws “making it an offence to pay for sex…

“This legislation must criminalise the demand for paid sex, decriminalise the seller and provide social supports for those wishing to exit prostitution.

“The council recognises the need for this legislation to be enacted in this jurisdiction, and will convey its views to the Minister for Justice and Equality,” concludes the motion.

A motion tabled by Tubbercurry Fianna Fail member, Cllr. Jerry Lundy will hear him call on the government and “the minister in charge of Community, Rural Affairs and Agriculture” to “help save rural Ireland from devastation.”

He will also be proposing that the minister for Foreign Affairs consider establishing a third passport office to cover the west/north-west and that the office be located in Tubbercurry.

Independent Councillor Margaret Gormley wants to know when promised high speed broadband for 42 rural areas of rural Sligo is going to be rolled out by the government.

Independent member, Cllr. Declan Bree is to ask the CEO “when he intends to provide the council with the report it sought in January…in respect of the legal services provided by the councils’ solicitors and other law agency providers.”

South west Sligo municipal district-based Cllr. Michael Clarke is to ask the executive to seek restoration of the ‘block grant’ to 2009 levels, while council chair, Fianna Fail member Joe Queenan has down for debate the “great hardship” in the farming community arising out of the collapse in cattle prices.