Updates

Trump’s decision regarding transgender community is abhorrent

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has condemned the announcement made by US President Donald Trump outlining his intention to ban all transgender persons from serving in the US military.

Senator Warfield said:

“The tweets by President Trump will do incalculable damage to the cause of LGBTQI equality both in the US and further afield. It serves only to further institutional stigmatisation and discrimination of the transgender community.

Census results highlight serious trouble ahead

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield has stated the need for a serious conversation about Ireland’s future population projections and the underlying issues that these forecast, given the publication of Census 2016 figures on the age profile of Ireland, saying that “there has been very little effort to address the issue of youth emigration or provisions put in place to encourage our emigrant’s home”.

Senator Warfield highlighted that the number of people between the ages of 20-34 has decreased by 119,252, a fall of 12%.

Committee report on ‘Culture 2025’ prioritises the rights of artists and equality of access for public

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed to passing of the ‘Response to Culture 2025’ report by the Joint Committee for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

The report authored by Senator Warfield called for culture to be embedded at the heart of Government and for the State to acknowledge the rights of artists at the heart of policy.

National Cultural Institutions should repatriate loot and stolen treasures

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield has called on Government to direct the National Cultural Institutions to repatriate all identifiably stolen treasures and loot, stemming from Ireland’s colonial past.

Senator Warfield clarified that such material should only be returned following a national conversation, as well as the public display and independent survey of such collections, and provided that their final destination is safe and secure.

Speaking from Leinster House today, Senator Warfield said;

“It is vital that we re-imagine our National Cultural Institutions to ensure that they are inclusive and accessible to all, with increased regional outreach and digital responsibilities. Government must also increase staff numbers and opening hours and commence plans for a cutting edge storage facility to preserve access to digital and physical collections for future generations.

Sinn Féin condemn homophobic abuse of County Councillor

Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson for the LGBTQI rights Senator Fintan Warfield has condemned the homophobic slurs sent in form of a letter to Francis Timmons, an independent South Dublin county councillor.

Senator Warfield said:

“As a former mayor of South Dublin county council, I am disgusted to see one of its elected representatives being subjected to such a craven act. Ireland has only recently entered an era in which elected representatives can freely identify as LGBTQI publicly and the actions of one coward should never serve to reverse that.

“Sinn Féin sends it solidarity to Councillor Timmons and further calls for robust hate crime legislation to be enacted without delay.”

Government must intervene to ensure LGBTQI students are taught sex education

Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI Rights, Senator Fintan Warfield speaking in the Seanad today raised the issue of ethos-based schools not teaching their pupils LGBTQI aspects of the Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) curriculums.

The Education Act 1998 provides that an ethos-based school can derogate from aspects of curriculum in order to uphold the “characteristic spirit” of said school.

Anti-HIV drug availability must not be affected by ongoing legal action

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs, and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield, has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to ensure that the potential availability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is not hindered by Truvada’s injunction action to prevent generic sale of the drug. Pre-exposure prophylaxis is a preemptive drug taken by persons to prevent the contraction of HIV.

Senator Warfield said

“PrEP is currently going through the necessary HSE approval processes to assess its feasibility, acceptability, and uptake. I fear that the reports today of Truvada planning injunctive action over alleged plans to sell a cheaper generic version of the drug in Ireland means that the potential cost of PrEP may remain relatively high to its users and may affect its availability.

Alcohol companies scaremongering over cultural sponsorship cuts

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI Rights Senator Fintan Warfield has called on the drinks industry to be honest when engaging in the debate on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. This week, the Alcohol Beverage Federation Ireland (ABFI) made claims that over €8.5 million would be cut from cultural events should the bill be enacted.

In response, Senator Warfield said:

“At no point in the Bill does it suggest any attempt to stifle alcohol sponsorship at cultural events. The Bill is aimed to limit the visibility of alcohol advertising to children and ensure advertising appears in a responsible fashion. There is absolutely no need for alcohol companies to hold the cultural sector to ransom. I noted at the recent Dublin Pride Festival, of the 27 sponsors, only one was an alcohol company.

LGBTQI community has a role to play in shaping Ireland’s response to a fractured world

Speaking today from the platform at Dublin Pride 2017, Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield said:

“A chairde,

“I am honoured to have been invited to speak today by the organisers of Dublin Pride. Sinn Féin commend your voluntary effort, today and all of the other days.

“I am mindful that many of our brothers and sisters right across the globe still literally put their lives on the line to celebrate Pride.

Seanad supports passing of Gender Recognition Bill

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI Rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed the unanimous passing of Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017 in the Seanad. The Bill, if enacted, will allow young transgender people to be legally recognised by their true gender.

The Bill amends the Gender Recognition Act 2015 in three ways:

  • Removes the arduous process for young people between 16 – 17 to receive gender recognition putting them on equal (informed consent) criteria to those over 18.
  • Allows for young people under 16 to receive gender recognition with parental consent.
  • Allows for non-binary and intersex persons to be specifically considered in the review of the Gender Recognition Act.

Seanad to debate Sinn Féin’s Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI Rights Senator Fintan Warfield said that his Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017 which is to be debated in the Seanad tomorrow has the potential to enhance the lives of many in the Trans community.

The Bill is co-signed by Senators Grace O’Sullivan and David Norris and, if passed through the Houses of the Oireachtas, will allow young trans people to be legally recognised by their true gender.

Sinn Féin express deep concern for the safety of gay men in Chechnya

Sinn Féin spokesperson for LGBT rights Senator Fintan Warfield has expressed horror, and deep concern for the safety of gay men in Chechnya.

Speaking from Leinster House today, Senator Warfield said:

“Over a number of days, there have been reports that hundreds of men believed to be gay have been abducted and/or tortured as part of a co-ordinated campaign involving internment camps in Chechnya. Reports also state that a number of individuals believed to be gay have been killed.

Call for big mobilisation for Easter 2017

Speaking at the GPO today, Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield called for people in Dublin to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the 1916 Rising by wearing the Easter lily and attending commemorations organised by Sinn Féin, the main commemoration being on Easter Sunday 16 April.

Launching the annual Easter lily appeal to commemorate Ireland’s patriot dead, Senator Warfield said:

“Every year, Irish republicans wear the Easter lily to honour the men and women of 1916 and all those patriots who gave their lives for Irish freedom. In 2016, hundreds of thousands of people participated in Centenary events all over both the country and world. It is no less important in 2017 to commemorate and celebrate the 1916 Rising and to commit to the full implementation of the Proclamation.

Sinn Féin launch Gender Recognition Bill on Trans Day of Visibility

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Youth, Arts, and LGBTQI+ Rights Senator Fintan Warfield has this afternoon announced that he has moved legislation in the Seanad that will amend the Gender Recognition Act 2015.

The Bill, proposed by Senator Warfield, and co-signed by Independent Senator David Norris and Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan, seeks to allow for self-determination for Trans people aged 16 and 17 and opens a legal pathway for Trans people under the age of 16 to recognise their true gender. Sinn Féin’s Amendment Bill will also legally ensure that non-binary persons are considered in the review of the 2015 Act.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael block ‘Vote at 16’ until 2018

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI Rights Senator Fintan Warfield has expressed his disappointment that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have worked together to block the Electoral Amendment (Voting at 16) Bill 2016 until 2018, despite their commitments to work towards lowering the voting age.

Senator Warfield said:

“In a bizarre turn of events, Fianna Fáil claimed that they support the bill ‘in principle’, but supported a Government amendment to delay the Bill until 2018, making it impossible to enact in time for the 2019 Local and European elections and, in essence, voting against their own party policy to appease Fine Gael.