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McCarthy: Health Minister must stop using public money to fight his own campaigns

July 9, 2013 10:08 AM

HEALTH: Kieran McCarthy MLA (Strangford)Alliance Health spokesperson Kieran McCarthy has called on the Health Minister to stop his campaign against the right of same sex couples to adopt, after it was revealed his department has spent approximately £40k fighting the issue.

Mr McCarthy received the confirmation from the Minister after questioning him in a written letter on the cost of legal action to date. Mr Poots also indicated he would not accept the recent ruling by the Court of Appeal, admitting he is currently considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Kieran McCarthy said: "This campaign led by the Health Minister on behalf of the DUP has been a blatant waste of taxpayers' money.

"The Health Minister has also said he is considering appealing the recent decision by the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court. He cannot be allowed to continue spending public money in this way and must be stopped.

"I am again appealing to the Minister to accept the court's decision and cease any future legal action. This law not only affects same sex couples, but also unmarried heterosexual couples and it is unacceptable that both these groups are prevented from providing a stable and loving home to the many children in our social care system in need of one."

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