Sinn Féin Leas Uachtaran Michelle O’Neill has welcomed West Belfast MLA Aisling Reilly to the Assembly and said today is an important milestone as over half the party’s MLA team is now women.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Today, we officially welcomed our newest MLA for West Belfast, Aisling Reilly to the Assembly.
“And this represents an important milestone, not only for our party and the wider Assembly, but for equality across these islands.
“Over 50 percent of Sinn Féin MLAs in the Assembly are now women. I think that’s hugely significant and a first across these islands when it comes to women’s representation in politics.
“I’m extremely proud of all these women who have stepped forward to deliver on the issues that matter to ordinary people, be it jobs, housing, mental health services and rights or a new future in a united Ireland.
“Public life can be very challenging, particularly in the face of very nasty online abuse and trolling which I’m sure a lot of us have experienced.
“But these women are leading the way.
“I think that’s a very strong message that we are living in a changing society, and we still have much more to do to fully achieve equal representation.
“Sinn Féin are committed to delivering that.”