Equality

WINTER PRIDE 2019

13 November 2019

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride’s first ever Winter Pride festival, focusing on physical & mental health and well-being in the LGBTQ+ community, will take place from 25th November – 1st December this year! The festival will include musical events, discussion panels, workshops and a Community Day on Saturday, 30th November. Winter Pride is a new festival brought to you by … Continue reading Winter Pride 2019

TRANSGENDER HEALTHCARE

13 November 2019

Recently, I was shocked and disappointed to read that people waiting for transgender healthcare spent up to three years on the wrong waiting lists after the HSE “misplaced” their referrals. The National Gender Service (NGS) at St Colmcille’s Hospital in Dublin, which runs transgender healthcare for the HSE, recently confirmed that 109 patient referrals were … Continue reading Transgender Healthcare

FINGAL INCLUSION WEEK LAUNCHED

8 November 2019

The first-ever Fingal Inclusion Week, which will see over 100 events take place across the county of Fingal, runs from Monday 11th November to Sunday 17th November 2019. Co-ordinated by the Fingal Public Participation Network (the PPN) and the Council’s Community Office, Fingal Inclusion Week aims to highlight the positive work that communities, agencies and … Continue reading Fingal Inclusion Week Launched

INCLUSION OF ARTISTS FROM THE TRAVELLER COMMUNITY

7 November 2019

I recently asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht about her Department’s approach to the inclusion of people from the Traveller community in funding for the arts. When I previously tabled a question in this respect, the Minister refused to answer, and it was referred to the Department of Justice and Equality. Yet … Continue reading Inclusion of Artists from the Traveller Community

AUTO-ENROLMENT PENSION SCHEME MUST REMAIN IN STATE CONTROL

31 October 2019

This morning, I appeared on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to discuss the implementation of the long-awaited pension auto-enrolment scheme. The Government must ensure the newly announced pension scheme remains in State control, as I am concerned that privatising the scheme would lead to significantly higher charges and costs for workers. You can listen back to my … Continue reading Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme Must Remain in State Control

SUSI APPLICATIONS FOR 2019/20

29 October 2019

Online applications for a student grant in the 2019/20 academic year close on Friday 1st November 2019. All students who still wish to apply for a student grant in academic year 2019/20 should be aware of this closing date. If a student has started an application but not yet completed it, they should do so … Continue reading SUSI Applications for 2019/20

MOTION ON SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION

27 September 2019

This week in the Dáil, I spoke on a motion on special needs education. A summary of my contribution can be read below. The video of my contribution can also be viewed below. I owe a degree of thanks to the parents of Dublin West who over the past year have mounted a series of … Continue reading Motion On Special Needs Education

THE IRISH SUN INTERVIEW

11 September 2019

I recently spoke with the Irish Sun about gender balance in the Dail and ending the sexist “pat on the head” politics of the past by moving towards a 50/50 gender balance. You can read more here or below. GENDER BALANCE: Girl power on rise in Dail but top female TDs say there’s long way … Continue reading The Irish Sun Interview

PREVENTING AND COMBATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

1 July 2019

Today, Monday July 1 sees the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has marked this significant date by setting out its recommendations for key priority actions from the State in the attached policy statement. Priority areas identified … Continue reading Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women

MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY

10 November 2015

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., has today signed regulations that make it easier for civil partners who now wish to marry following the commencement of the Marriage Act 2015. The Tánaiste signed the Regulations and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald signed the Commencement Order for the Act at a ceremony in … Continue reading MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY