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Above from left: Jane Daly, Irish Theatre Institute, Minister for Culture Catherine Martin, Siobhan Bourke, Irish Theatre Institute and research lead Dr. Ciara L. Murphy

This morning.

Temple Bar, Dublin 8

The launch of  Speak Up: A Call For Change Report, containing findings from a 2021 survey on Dignity In The Workplace in the Irish arts sector commissioned by the Irish Theatre Institute

The survey, with1,300 respondents, found that the…

‘… 70%, had experienced harmful behaviour and 53% had witnessed it.

The majority of those instances were reported to have taken place in the workplace.

The data shows the perpetrators were more likely to be men – 67% – and that women accounted for 42% of the reported incidences.

Freelance arts workers were also more likely to face harmful workplace experiences than those who are not freelance.

Those who experienced the behaviours were more likely to be women than men, and the data found that women were more than three-and-a-half times more likely to experience sexual harassment than male respondents, and more than twice as likely to experience sexual assault.

The majority of perpetrators were reported to hold positions of authority, and respondents reported that often, supports were not available to them and that where they were available, they were insufficient.

Full report here

70% of art sector workers experience harmful workplace behaviours – report (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Brendan Doolin (37) left his home only twice in the previous 17 years prior to these matters being investigated. His lawyers described him as “an internet troll”.

Doolin of Leighlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin pleaded guilty to harassing Sarah Griffin, Kate McEvoy, Sinead O’Carroll, Christine Bohan, Roe McDermott and Aoife Barry on dates between May 2012 and February 2018.

‘Internet troll’ who harassed six female writers and journalists jailed for three years (Breakingnews).

Editor of the Journal news website Sinead O’Carroll, was once contacted and told to “break both legs” after she tweeted to promote an upcoming appearance on a television programme.

Kate McEvoy was informed that the sender of the emails was in the area where she lived, and once when she tweeted that her housemate had gone out for the evening, he messaged: “Good I’ll be over soon.”

Christine Bohan, who got more than 450 messages from Doolin, also received a 10-year-old political leaflet from him which carried a photograph of her on it. She was also sent an image of her from a dinner at her old college. After receiving this, Ms Bohan feared he had scoured the internet looking for her image.

Each of the women received hundreds of emails, usually using the same unusual font, containing insults such as calling the women “wannabes, nobodies, whiteist, bigots, lefties and pseudo intellectuals.”

He accused them of being narcissistic attention seekers, self-obsessed and concerned with their own self-promotion, referring to their “Twitter bubble” and suggesting that they do not care for others.

Man who harassed women writers and journalists jailed (RTÉ)