Government must recognise the value of our film industry

Tomorrow, Government have the opportunity to begin a process of repair and re-investment in our cultural and arts communities. As a party spokesperson for the arts, I have had the pleasure of partaking in the preparation of Sinn Féin’s alternative budget submission.

A key part of Sinn Féin’s arts proposal is investment in the film industry.

Investment in the Irish film and television industry provides multiple economic and cultural benefits, far beyond the direct employment of on-set cast and crews.

Gender Recognition Act now represents the greatest obstacle to LGBT equality

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has called on the Government to address the glaring gaps in the Gender Recognition Act a year on from the passing of legislation, and has stated that the Act as is, now represents the greatest obstacle to LGBT legislative equality.

Senator Warfield said:

“Gender Recognition has enhanced the lives of many in the Trans community. Of that there can be no doubt. However, this state in no way offers a pathway to legal gender recognition for citizens under the age of sixteen.

“That is not acceptable and represents a massive obstacle to LGBTQI+ legislative equality.

Irish Times, ‘Young Ireland forum’ debates future of Republic

An article by Mark Hilliard (Irish Times), who attended the “Young Ireland Forum” hosted on Pearse Street, Dublin on Friday 8th, April.

The melting pot. One hundred years and a short walk from where the 1916 Proclamation was unveiled, the next generation of Irish political thinkers gather.

It is a meeting of young minds in a country locked in political attrition. The partisan debate of the 1916 Clubs’ inaugural “Young Ireland Forum”, aptly hosted in Dublin’s Pearse Centre, aims to seek out “a common mindset regarding issues pertinent to the Republic”.

GCN Issue 316: The Seanad Candidates

Members of the LGBT community contesting election to Seanad Éireann 2016, were given an opportunity to set out our priorities. I focus on the need for island wide marriage equality, and trans young people.

During my term as Mayor of South Dublin, I was proud to prioritise LGBT rights, homelessness and young people. My work alongside relevant NGO’s and their successful record in working with previous Senators instilled in me a belief, that although Seanad Éireann demands radical reform, it has been an effective political space for a number of progressives.