Seanad statements on the Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution

Through the Chair, I firstly wish to commend Senator Catherine Noone for the role you played as Chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

I think you were calm, patient, fair, and everything an institution like this can hope for in the conduct of a Chairperson, and those traits all the more impressive when we consider the issue at hand, and indeed the behaviours of some.

For quite a while, it has been apparent that we would be discussing, in our first sitting week back, the Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

And isn’t it something that on our return, that during the first statements of 2018 – the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland, we debate, discuss, and converse about where Ireland lies concerning women’s healthcare and women’s rights.

Local Authorities must realise the social contribution of street art

Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights Senator Fintan Warfield has expressed concern and disappointment after Galway City Council ordered the removal of another mural from the streets of the city.

Senator Warfield said:

“Following reports by the Connacht Tribune, the removal of the William Street mural by Galway artist Finbar247 represents yet another instance where local authorities have defied public will and the wishes of the arts community.

“Major inconsistencies exist across our local authorities concerning street art policy.

“While Galway City Council and Dublin City Council have ordered the removal of murals in recent times, Waterford City has embraced local cultural activity by street artists, in recognition of its ability to reimagine an urban area.

Solidarity on International Transgender Day of Visibility

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.

Cllr. Warfield nominated to contest election to Seanad Éireann

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.