This page contains a sample of the work that Parental Equality undertook during various Elections - Senate - Dail - Europe to Raise the Issues of Parental in Equality faced by Fathers and Some Mothers in Ireland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6th 2002
Contact: Mr. Liam Ó Gógaín 087-2543997
Father barred from standing in General Election
Father of 2 Mr. Liam Ó Gógaín, was prevented Friday May 3rd last, by the returning officer for the Louth constituency Ms. Mairéad Ahern from entering his occupation as ‘Father’ on his application form so that he may enter as a candidate in the General Election.
In a brief statement afterwards Mr. Ó Gógaín spoke of his devastation and hurt at once again being denied this most fundamental of human rights he further added that he felt “ he had to sell out on his kids” by having to “ amend under protest” the application form and entering instead his other occupation ‘College Lecturer’ in order that he may become a candidate.
Mr. Ó Gógaín, in a bid to compromise offered 7 alternative solutions to try and resolve the impasse, he suggested – house husband, ex house husband, house ex husband, single parent, single father, separated father and separated parent all of which were rejected by Ms. Ahern under section 52 of the Electoral Act, 1992, on the grounds that they were of a political and/or emotive nature. What is puzzling Mr. Ó Gógaín is that 1/2 an hour earlier at the city sheriffs office (the returning officer for Dublin South west among others) Mr. Ray Kelly a Father of 3 who sought to highlight similar issues as Mr. Ó Gógaín entered ‘single parent’ as his occupation and was accepted. A similar incident took place in the constituency of Longford – Roscommon where Mr. Vincent Killilea’s occupation was accepted as ‘house husband’.
On Tuesday May 7th Mr. Ó Gógaín will attempt to seek an injunction in the high court in Dublin to prevent the publication of the Ballot paper until such a time as his preferred occupation is truly reflected on all Ballot papers, he will request from the presiding Judge that his occupation, father, is restored to the application form in order that this may happen.