Dáil rejects SF bid to allow former political prisoners hold taxi licences
on 02/10/2013 13:19:50
The party wanted to extend taxi licences to people whose convictions were covered by the Good Friday agreement.
However during debate on the Taxi Regulation Bill today the Dáil voted against the proposal by 95 votes to 22.
The Good Friday Agreement provided for the early release of prisoners serving paramilitary sentences, as long as their groups maintained ceasefires.
"The Minister is intent on barring former political prisoners from employment," Sinn Féin's Dessie Ellis had said prior to the vote.
"A section of this bill is in direct contradiction of the Good Friday Agreement which was endorsed overwhelming by the people of this island."