Mayor Fintan Warfield welcomes support for upcoming equal marriage referendum

Sinn Féin Councillor and Mayor of South County Dublin, Fintan Warfield, has welcomed support for his motion for the extension of equal marriage rights to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

Speaking after the motion was passed by a majority of 34-1, Mayor Warfield said:

“I truly welcome the support for the motion on marriage equality.

Mayor attends FAI ‘Football for All’ Summer Camp

South Dublin County Council in partnership with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) hosted their annual Football for All Sumer Camp. The camp takes place during the 1st week in July each year. 2014 marks the camps 5th year in operation and the numbers are increasing each and every year, this year we had over 45 young people participating in the programme.

The Football for All programme was initiated to assist and develop Football opportunities for all players of all abilities aged 6 to 14 years in their local community and ensure its sustainability. Everybody regardless of their ability should have the opportunity to access football in their local club thus promoting an ethos of inclusion within the football community.

Gum Litter Taskforce campaign launched

The 2014 Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) environmental awareness campaign was launched in Neilstown, Clondalkin today by South Dublin County.

The aim of the campaign is to reduce littered gum by raising awareness that dropping gum on the ground is littering and that it is subject to a €150 fine. The GLT encourages the public to dispose of their used gum responsibly.

Fintan Warfield outlines Sinn Féin’s commitment to LGBT equality

Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield was speaking this morning at the launch of the party’s LGBT rights document, ‘Equality, Diversity, Solidarity: Fighting with Pride for LGBT Rights in Ireland’.

Taking part in the Press Conference was Cllr Emma Murphy; Gerry Adams TD and the party’s Justice and Equality spokesperson Pádraig MacLochlainn TD.

Fintan Warfield said:

“Sinn Fein’s starting point on all issues of human and civil rights, and equality is the 1916 Proclamation. While it may be nearly 100 years old, for us it is a republican mission statement.

Four Dublin Mayors join forces again to combat dog fouling

Dublin’s four local authorities launched a summer campaign to combat dog fouling at 11am in Newtownsmith, Dun Laoghaire, on Wednesday 25th June.

New dog fouling signage across the four local authorities is being launched highlighting the need for dog owners to cleanup after their dogs. The new signage emphasises the health risks associated with dog fouling,the cost to dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs and appeals to dog owners to “leave only paw prints”.

SeeSearch – one stop online discovery for all library content

Launched today at South Dublin Libraries by Mayor Fintan Warfield, SeeSearch is a new online search and discovery tool that enables library customers to search and find everything in the library – from ebooks to enclopaedia articles, audio books to items in local history archives – all from their computer. SeeSearch was designed by Dr. Hilary Kenna, a lecturer in design at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology who started research on the idea over two years ago with funding from Enterprise Ireland’s commercialisation fund. In October 2013, Dr. Kenna formed a startup company called Vizolve Ltd., with David Garvan, lead developer of SeeSearch to commercially develop and sell the product and since then, have secured investment from Telefonica’s accelerator programme Wayra.

A campaigning Mayor for all

Sinn Féin Councillor Fintan Warfield has been elected Mayor of South County Dublin today.

In his maiden speech in the Council Chamber this afternoon Mayor Warfield said he takes great personal pride in becoming the youngest Mayor of a local authority as well as being an openly LGBT Mayor.

He set out three priorities for his term in office. They are;

  • To highlight the ongoing housing and homeless crisis in the county
  • To promote LGBT rights and in particular marriage equality and inclusive workplaces across the county
  • To promote practical solutions to the youth unemployment crisis

Warfield rejects ‘Gateway’ scheme

Sinn Féin candidate for Templeouge-Terenure Fintan Warfield has called on the Government to abandon the Gateway Scheme which will see 215 unemployed people carry out work for South Dublin County Council through the threat of cuts and suspensions to welfare payments.

Warfield said:

“Gateway seeks to take advantage of some of the most vulnerable people in our society by forcing them into twenty-two months of labour for a welfare top-up of €20 that can be eroded by tax.

Ruairi Quinn & Archdiocese need to engage with Greenhills parents & community

Following a meeting with the St. Peter’s BNS Parents Association in Greenhills this week, Sinn Féin representative and candidate in Templeogue – Terenure Fintan Warfield released the following statement:

“Early last week parents were informed by the Archdiocese that all three schools in Greenhills would be closed and two new schools would be reopened on the St. Paul’s site.

“It is clear that parents and staff have had no say in the nature of the amalgamation and were informed by a letter last Friday that the Archdiocese intends pressing ahead with the new schools come September.

Warfield welcomes Pat Rabbitte’s enhanced provision of high speed broadband

The Sinn Féin candidate for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has this week welcomed the announcement by Dublin South West TD and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte regarding the use of the ESB network to enhance the provision of high speed broadband.

New legislation will allow the ESB to engage in the electronic communications sector.

Resolution of ESB dispute an important victory for workers

Sinn Féin representative and candidate in the 2014 Local Elections for Templeogue – Terenure Fintan Warfield has welcomed the agreement reached between management and workers at ESB regarding the company’s pension scheme.

The first time candidate said:

“The resolution of the ESB pension dispute is good news for workers and indeed for the company’s customers.

Live register figures mask the cruel reality of emigration

Sinn Féin representative for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has stated that live register figures released this week are being used by the Government to mask the cruel reality of emigration and a failing government jobs strategy.

Fintan Warfield stated:

“It is absurd that Fine Gael and Labour are spinning these figures as some sort of success story.

“The reality is that, over the life-time of this government, there has been a reduction in the live register of 32,300. However, this has to be seen in the context of over 176,000 people emigrating in the last two years.

Local economy continues to be strangled by austerity

Sinn Féin representative for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has said this weeks growth figures from the CSO show why austerity must be dumped in this year’s budget. Warfield said the Government had been steadily reducing its growth projections to factor in the negative impact austerity is having on the economy.

Fintan Warfield said:

“When this Government came to power it predicted a 3% growth rate for this year. It has lowered that each year to factor in the negative impact their austerity policies are having on the economy. The figures today show a decline in GNP and a nominal increase in GDP. That increase is nowhere near sufficient to meet the Government targets this year.

Fianna Fáil’s support for the Seanad referendum is opportunistic

Newly appointed Sinn Féin representative for the Templeogue-Terenure local electoral area has said Fianna Fáil are being opportunistic in opposing the abolition of the Seanad.

Speaking after the launch of Sinn Féin’s campaign in support of the referendum, Fintan Warfield said:

“October 4th is not about reform. It simply isn’t on the table in this referendum. Fianna Fáil had plenty of time to reform the upper house when they were in power but never did. The Seanad is elitist and undemocratic and should be abolished.