We might grow up fast, but childhood can be the toughest stage of an LGBTQI+ experience. The state has a responsibility to protect our young people, to legally recognise the needs and identity of our young people, and importantly, to create space for self-determination as a right.
Today, March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Across the world, small groups are marking and celebrating their identities, focussed on the challenges facing our society and the trans community.
In Dublin, the launch of a Trans Youth Report is taking place – a partnership between Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI), BeLonG To and the Irish Trans Student Alliance (ITSA). The project explored the experiences of trans young people in the areas of health, education and legislation.
I believe in using every available forum to make social and political change for those whose interests continue to be underrepresented.
Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, and former Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Fintan Warfield has secured a nomination to contest the 2016 election to Seanad Éireann.
Speaking following the deadline and submission of nomination papers, Cllr. Warfield said;
“I would like to thank the National Youth Council of Ireland for their support and nomination to contest the Cultural and Educational panel.
Sinn Féin Councillor representing Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has commented on the latest youth unemployment figures released from the CSO, which confirm a youth unemployment rate of 20.1%.
The statistics, taking into account those aged between 15 and 24, have fallen by just two percentage points when compared to the beginning of last year.
Sights and sounds of centenary celebrations have established themselves in our daily lives. Add to that a renewed consciousness of the ideas and politics of the Easter Rising, with young people increasingly mindful of societal realities inherited by this generation.
2016 creates space to take stock and re-examine the type of island we want our young people to grow up in, and ultimately shape.
2015 was a year of great achievement for Ireland’s LGBT+ community and allies. On the eve of the centenary, activists who worked tirelessly to ensure the passing of marriage equality must have paused to reflect on their success with pride, an affirmation that the Irish people respect and value diversity.
Dublin Sinn Féin today announced its priorities in an effort to achieve a cultural landscape that is equitable and fair for all of Ireland’s artists, encouraging to its future artists and immersive for all of its patrons and citizens.
Speaking from the Sinn Féin policy conference in Dublin, Cllr. Fintan Warfield said;
“Sinn Féin take pride in Ireland’s vibrant artistic history – across myriad art forms – and will campaign to ensure that such a record is upheld and added to into the future.
The Arts Council this morning released its new ten year strategy, Making Great Art Work, setting out its plan for the development of the arts from 2016-2025.
Commenting on the strategy, Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield welcomed its release but stressed the need for Government to step up to the plate in order to realise the potential of our artistic institutions and bodies.
Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield this evening rejected Fine Gael calls for a reduction in the VAT rate on new residential construction from 13.5% to 9%.
Speaking in opposition to the Fine Gael motion in South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Warfield said;
“The motion from Fine Gael Councillor William Lavelle is a demand led proposal to what is a supply side problem.
Following Governments announcement of changes to the Gender Recognition Bill, Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin Councillor Fintan Warfield has congratulated TENI, the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland, on their campaign for recognition.
“I wish to congratulate the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland on their campaign which has ensured that the Gender Recognition Bill will no longer make it necessary for trans people over 18 years of age to have medical or psychological testimony to legally change their gender.
Following a momentous weekend in Irish history, the Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield thanked all those who came out to vote on the referendum for marriage equality.
Cllr. Warfield said;
This campaign, led by Yes Equality has seen such positive representations of the LGBT+ community. Our stories and identity have been so proudly visible over the last number of months. That visibility will only make it easier to grow up gay in Ireland.
Sinn Féin Councillor and Mayor of South Dublin County Council Fintan Warfield has expressed his continued support for the staff of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann who today entered their second day of industrial action in response to the privatisation of bus routes across the state.
The Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure said;
“The staff of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, despite their valued work, are being backed into a corner and forced to take industrial action in response to the privatisation of our public bus routes.
Mayors and Cathaoirligh from across Ireland are meeting today at 12 noon on the steps of the Mansion House to show their support for civil marriage equality. A website with more information is available on www.mayorsformarriage.org
Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr. Fintan Warfield said;
“Mayors for Marriage Equality are advocating for a Yes vote on ahead of the May 22nd Marriage Equality referendum. As an openly gay Mayor of a local authority in Ireland, I am proud to stand alongside Mayors and Cathaoirligh from across this state in calling for a Yes vote. Gay and lesbian people are active participants in our communities. They and future generations deserve to be able to marry the person they love.”
Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor, Fintan Warfield has welcomed the support by South Dublin County Council for his motion calling on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to adopt an industrial relations policy that ends zero hour contracts, supports banded hour and full time contracts, protecting vulnerable workers creating a benchmark for sustainable decent employment.
Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has today launched an initiative titled ‘Shadow the Mayor’, providing transition year students from South Dublin County with an opportunity to apply for workplace experience in the Mayor’s office.
The initiative will commence on Monday, 13th April 2015 with the final student completing the initiative on Friday, 22nd May 2015.
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.”