Clonmel MEP Phil Prendergast has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to boycott the St Parick’s day parade in New York.
She made her call following the parade organisers’ decision to ban any involvement by gay or lesbian groups.
The Ireland South MEP believes the New York St Patrick’s Day parade should be inclusive to all and not prevent LGBT groups from carrying signs and banners.
Speaking from Strasbourg Ms Prendergast said: “I’m standing in solidarity with the LGBT community as the decision to ban gay pride banners and signs is an attack on freedom of speech.
“I support the boycott of the parade from my Labour colleague Minister Joan Burton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“I would also call on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to reconsider attending the event as it would convey his support for LGBT rights and the passing of next year’s referendum on same sex marriage. I disagree with his recent comments that the parade is about ‘our Irishness and not about our sexuality’. Our Irishness in 2014, in my view, should embrace Ireland’s diversity and not preclude how we wish to express ourselves.
“The parade is exactly three weeks away and I hope the organisers of this event will shun their current bygone stance and support the LGBT community.”