Brynn Craffey

Irish Equality Authority Budget Cut by 43%

Filed By Brynn Craffey | December 17, 2008 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Equality & RIghts Alliance, Equality Authority, Ireland, Irish civil rights

I was shocked to read today that the Irish government has cut the budget of the Equality Authority -- a civil service organization tasked with enforcing non-discrimination legislation in Ireland -- by 43%!

The Equality Authority's CEO, Niall Crowley, resigned in protest his week. Quite a courageous act in this frightening economy.

Equality groups today described the resignation of the Equality Authority chief executive as a principled and courageous step.

Niall Crowley resigned after saying the organisation has been made unviable by the extent of cuts to its budget, and the Government's insistence on the decentralisation of most of its remaining staff.

In a statement today, the Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA), a coalition of 71 civil society organisations, said it admired and supported the stance taken by Mr Crowley in stepping down.

The alliance added it "deeply regretted" Mr Crowley "had been forced into this position because of the budget actions which had effectively rendered the Equality Authority unviable".

Niall is a great guy. I worked with him and others in Dublin on a 10,000 Euro project to educate Irish general practitioners about transsexuality.

I wrote the grant, a pamphlet, and an article that was eventually mailed to all members of the Irish College of General Practitioners for the project. We targeted GP's because a study funded by the Equality Authority had identified them as the first professionals most Irish transsexuals turned to for help. Niall is a staunch proponent of transgender inclusion and rights in Ireland.

One of my best friends in Ireland works at the EA. I just emailed him to see if his job is secure, given such a drastic budget cut.

This is so sad. And infuriating! It makes me despise Bush, conservatives in general, and Wall Street investment banks in particular. The former's lack of oversight and latter's greed brought about this calamity of a worldwide recession. And I fear that the Equality Authority's 43% budget cut is just the beginning. Watch: conservative governments will use the excuse of the financial collapse to de-fund progressive agencies throughout the world.

Here's a Facebook group to suport Crowley.


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I don't know if it is just about de-funding progressive groups.

We're in such a bad state right now. It is kind of hard to justify spending money on education seminars when people are out of work, hungry and losing their homes.

Something's got to give, at least in the time being. Thing's will slowly bounce back, and once we get back to normal, funding should, too.

Sorry to hear about the Irish. Dublin is my favorite city. I lived there for 5 years and had many friends and colleagues there. The global economy is in chaos with nothing but "hope" to back it up. Imagine a room filled with heads of the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the rest of the world's treasuries and central banks, all the world's commerical banks, and a bunch of hot-shot Wall Street elites. Then picture them all frantically making out IOUs and passing them back and forth to each other as fast as they can. That's the world's monetary system. A system bound to fail.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | December 17, 2008 1:08 PM

Matt, I agree that we're facing hard times. But it's WHAT our governments decide to cut and what they decide to spend tax-payers' money on.

In the US, Wall Street has been given $300 billion our OUR money--and it turns out, we don't even know where the first roughly $150 billion of it has gone. Nor has the money been linked, as was originally stipulated, to restrictions on executive bonuses.

On the other hand, Senate Republicans refused to give the unionized auto industry $15 billion. A leaked internal memo clearly stated that they were going after Labor, in this case, the UAW.

In the meantime, the US has poured more than $600 BILLION into the Iraq war.

What a society spends its taxes on indicates its priorities. In the US, our priorities seem to be invading foreign countries.

Why is the Equality Authority among the first agencies to be cut? Why are they being cut nearly half their budget, while other entities are not being cut at all, or very little?

Bryan,
Mary Harney gutted the HPV vaccine programme and a number of other women's health issues as well....

...the FF derailed the partner bill yet again, despite pushes on the Greens by Labour...and I loved Michael D's impassioned defense of our rights.

....and people wonder why I won't move back home...

In New York, a "liberal" governor cut medical funding and education. The poor and disenfranchised are the victims of the economy first, and the scapegoats next.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | December 17, 2008 7:52 PM

Maura, since the "Reagan Revolution," I think one could argue that with a few notable exceptions (Kucinich comes to mind) all American politicians are centrists or to the Right when judged by the standards of the world's democracies.

Niall Crowley sounds like a very courageous man. Bravo to him for standing up for justice!

This is so sad. And infuriating! It makes me despise Bush, conservatives in general, and Wall Street investment banks in particular. The former's lack of oversight and latter's greed brought about this calamity of a worldwide recession. And I fear that the Equality Authority's 43% budget cut is just the beginning. Watch: conservative governments will use the excuse of the financial collapse to de-fund progressive agencies throughout the world.

Yes, and they probably did it on purpose. They know that if you crash the economy, programs the left supports are the first to go.

The Iraq War, on the other hand.... Well, all the Serious People know that defense spending just doesn't count as real spending!

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | December 18, 2008 4:42 PM

Alex, "Serious People"?

Have you been reading (my hero) Glenn Greenwald? :-)

David Norris has alleged Ministerial Harrassment for raising this issue

http://www.mamanpoulet.com/?p=549

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | December 22, 2008 3:36 PM

blo, David Norris is one of my heroes!!!

Thanks for pointing this out.