Saturday 17 November 2018

Senator Jim Walsh suggests gay marriage referendum money 'would be better spent on HIV testing for gay community'

Senator Jim Walsh
Senator Jim Walsh

FORMER Fianna Fail senator Jim Walsh has claimed a gay man told him the money being spent on the forthcoming Marriage Equality Referendum would be better spent on HIV testing for the gay community.

Mr Walsh quit Fianna Fail last week as he could not support the party’s stance on the on the same sex marriage referendum and legislation allowing gay couples to adopt.

Speaking in the Seanad today, Mr Walsh said he spoke to a gay man over the weekend about the referendum who said it was going to cost the taxpayer €21 million.

“He said that money could be so much better spent, in his opinion,” Mr Walsh said.

“He said, for example, if that money were to be used to provide free HIV testing to people who are homosexual, where there’s an increase now in the numbers affected by HIV, it would be far better expenditure of money.”

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