Mayor Warfield holds successful Youth Conference in South Dublin

Mayor Fintan Warfield, assisted by South Dublin County Council staff and Comhairle na nÓg organised a conference for young people in RUA RED. Over sixty young people representing schools and youth services countywide took part, sharing their experiences of growing up in South Dublin County and their ideas for the future.

Mayor Warfield said;

“If young people are to participate in policy making, the tools should be made available for Ireland’s youth to do so. This conference aims to provide that forum.”

Mayor Warfield attends launch of Yes Equality

South County Dublin Sinn Féin councillor Fintan Warfield today attended the launch of the Yes Equality campaign. Yes Equality is a new independent civic group campaigning for a yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum.

Speaking after the launch Mayor Warfield said:

“I am proud to support this referendum and I am urging people to vote yes to civil marriage equality.

“Irish citizens now have the opportunity to say that we value all of our relationships equally.

GAA ban on Anti-Homophobia wristband disappointing and unnecessary

The Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Fintan Warfield, has expressed his deep disappointment at the decision of the GAA to prevent an openly LGBT Referee from wearing a Rainbow Wristband as a statement of inclusion and against homophobia in sport.

Mayor Warfield stated: “I was surprised and disappointed to learn of the GAA’s refusal to allow referee David Gough wear a Rainbow wristband at the recent Dublin vs Tyrone match, on the grounds that political statements are not allowed and that the issue is tied to the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

A republic for all – Marriage Equality – Mayor Warfield

Is mise Fintan Warfield. Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Greenhills, Templeogue and Firhouse.

This year, almost 100 years since the proclamation of the provisional government was published, the task of building the Ireland of equals outlined in that document moves forward.

It moves forward because of those who were willing to take a stand, those who risked their lives to say enough was enough.

Trans people have spoken, it’s time for government to listen – Mayor Warfield

Following the passing of a Sinn Féin motion tabled by Mayor Fintan Warfield in South Dublin County Council this week, the representative for Templeogue-Terenure has called on government to address the concerns raised by trans campaigners in advance of gender recognition legislation.

Mayor Warfield said:

“Ireland is the only country in the EU which has no provision for legal gender recognition. I welcome that the state is finally going through a process of recognition for trans people and providing for the legal recognition of their true gender.

Mayor Warfield earns council support for Manchester Martyrs return

The Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr. Fintan Warfield has today welcomed the support that councillors in South Dublin expressed for his motion calling for the return of the Manchester Martyrs to Ireland.

Mayor Warfield said;

“2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of the execution of William Phillip Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien.

Mayor Warfield opens books of condolence for Nigeria and Paris

The Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield has today opened two books of condolence following recent attacks in Nigeria and Paris.

Speaking following the signing of the two books, Mayor Warfield said;

“I encourage members of the public and particularly residents of South Dublin County to visit County Hall in Tallaght to express condolences with the families of victims in both Nigeria and Paris.

Christmas decoration competition from recycled materials

On 16th December 2014, the Mayor, Fintan Warfield presented the winners of the Christmas Decoration Recycling Competition with their prizes in the County Hall. There was a fantastic response to the competition which is run annually.

The Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr. Fintan Warfield said:

“Handmade decorations are so precious. Every time you make a decoration or anything from ordinary household recyclable materials, you are helping the environment and creating something unique that can be given as gifts to your family. Once you get into the habit of thinking that way, there is no limit to the things you can create by up-cycling items and making them into new items.

Mayor officially turns on the Christmas lights in Clondalkin

Speaking at the event Mayor Warfield urged people to think about those in need and encouraged everyone to remember the older members of our community at this time of year. He also reminded people of his pledge to use the office of Mayor to highlight homelessness.

Mayor Warfield commented:

“No family should have to sleep night after night in a hotel. No young people should have to sleep rough on a December’s night.

Cllr. Dunne to move motion on domestic violence in SDCC

Sinn Féin South Dublin County Councillor Louise Dunne will move a motion on domestic violence at the next South Dublin County council meeting on Monday 8th December.

Speaking today Cllr. Dunne said:

“I will be bringing forward a motion on that calls on the Minister for Justice and Equality, to create further legislative measures to protect women who are the victims of domestic violence.

Sinn Féin meet with Ministers for immediate action on homelessness

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Dessie Ellis TD has called for immediate coordinated action between the Department of Environment and Dublin City council to tackle the rising levels of homelessness and rough sleeping.

He made his comments as a delegation of Dublin Sinn Féin representatives met with Ministers Kelly and Coffey in the wake of the death of Jonathan Corrie, a homeless man just yards from the Dáil. The delegation was made up of Deputy Ellis, Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Fintan Warfield, DCC Housing SPC chairperson Cllr Críona Ní Dhalaigh and Cllr Seamus McGrattan.

Warfield welcomes the Minister’s emergency meeting on homelessness

Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield, has welcomed an invitation from the Department of the Environment to discuss the homeless crisis.

Mayor Warfield said;

“The purpose of Thursdays special meeting and forum is to see what collective actions can be taken by Government, housing authorities and the voluntary sector.

Calls for Section 37.1 of the Employment Legislation to be amended

The Mayor of South Dublin County and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has this evening welcomed the passing of a motion calling on the government to amend Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act 1998.

South Dublin County Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of the motion.

Sinn Féin Councillors oppose South Dublin’s participation in Gateway scheme

Speaking in the South Dublin County Council chamber this evening, the Mayor of South Dublin County and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield called on government to abandon the Gateway scheme.

Debating the motion in opposition to Gateway, Mayor Warfield said;

“Recognising that Gateway is compulsory, that it punishes people for being unemployed and copper-fastens the under-staffing of local services, this motion calls on the relevant Ministers to stop the roll-out of Gateway in local authorities immediately.”

Sinn Féin led Council slash foreign travel expenses for politicians

Speaking following the passing of the South Dublin County Council annual budget 2015, Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure and Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield has welcomed the cut to conference expenses for Councillors who wish to travel abroad.

A figure of €70,000 was set to be available to South Dublin Councillors before Sinn Féin tabled an amendment to instead divert that money into the housing department.