Combustible Tippperary TD Alan Kelly sat down with Jason O’Toole of Hot Press magazine, on shelves from today.
How did that go?
On political mergers:
“I would like to see the Social Democrats, in particular, and the Labour Party coming together.There should be a natural coming together. They have many fine members. It’s hard to distinguish between Social Democrats and Labour. And there’s others: there’s Independents and people across other parties.
And really for the future of social democrats — which we all are — and the future of democratic socialists, really, there needs to be that coming together to forge a block not just in Leinster House but across the country.”
The 8th Amendment:
“I don’t tolerate the two phrases: pro-choice or the other extreme of pro-life. I’m in favour of getting rid of the Eighth Amendment and I’m in favour of legislating for the rights of women. A lot of these choices should be based on the relationship between a woman and her doctor, in consultation with her family.”
Marijuana for recreational purposes:
“Yeah, I think that’s something we could look at. But under certain conditions: because if you legalise it for medicinal purposes you’re opening a can of worms anyway. So, you might as well look at it in a broader sense. You’d have to look at volumes: what would be allowable and all that.”
“I’d love to be Taoiseach. If you’re going to answer that question: you should also put down what I really mean is that I’d love to maximise where the Labour Party gets to. That’s more important to me. I don’t want another headline: ‘Power is a Drug… It’s Suits Me!’ ‘Alan Kelly Wants To Be Taoiseach!’ For God’s sake!”
“This country is going to suffer as a result of the populist stance of people when it comes to water. Three quarters of people in Ireland were paying for water. And for one spin on the merry-go-round, Fine Gael abandoned all principle and got into bed with the most irresponsible politician in Ireland in Barry Cowen.”
“Judge Moran has exposed the stress and frustration caused to athletes, their families and their friends by the OCI’s appointment of a ticketing agent that was nothing other than a charade and totally unfit for purpose…
…He [Justice Moran] was not in pursuit of criminality, merely a narrative of events, however unpalatable….
Nothing in this report suggests that individuals in the OCI were benefiting personally from these arrangements.
But clearly commercial interests can never again be afforded priority over the interests of athletes, their friends and families, and ordinary spectators.I regret that the OCI under the leadership of Pat Hickey defined this doctrine.”
Shane Ross at the Transport, Tourism and Sport joint committee meeting this morning.
ROSA – Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity – launches the Bread & Roses Festival with a table quiz TONIGHT at 7pm in Sin É. 15 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin at 7pm.
Keishia Taylor writes:
Funds raised will support the Bread & Roses Festival, a key event in preparation for the upcoming referendum on Repealing the 8th Amendment.
Bread & Roses Festival, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September, is a feminist-socialist gathering with discussions on how to win abortion rights and the separation of church and state, and workshops on topics such as gender-based violence, LGBTQ oppression and sex education in schools.
Table quiz will take place on 7pm (Admission €5/€10 per person, teams of 4).
A short film by James Skerritt following Irish surfer Conor Maguire in India and Indonasia.
It all started with a Facebook message from Conor Maguire simply saying ‘lets go to India’. We had discussed trying to make a film like this for years – an honest, or somewhat, portrait of what we were feeling as we roamed from place to place. We wanted the music to do the same.
I showed a friend of mine an early cut of the film and told him the title. I was greeted with a frown along with the notion that it was the worst title he had ever heard.
None the less, ‘Beauty & Chaos’, had its first screening at Shore Shots Surf Film Festival in April 16.and spent the following year screening in film festivals around the world with its last set of screenings throughout May this year.
I was even more pleasantly surprised after a festival in New Jersey, where a filmmaker whom I admire commented on how much she likes the title.
Like most films, I am always motivated by how much fun it will be to watch in about forty years time – a remembrance of the random happenings that come about in the unknown and unsure. So whether you like the title or not – it was a damn interesting process to go through.’