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.