Friday 24 March 2017

Frances Black will run for Seanad to burst government 'bubble'

Frances Black
Frances Black
Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Singer Frances Black will run as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming Seanad elections, having secured a nomination from the IBI, the representative body for Ireland's independent commercial radio broadcasters, on the Industrial and Commercial panel.

She says that the recent General Election showed that many Irish people don't feel their concerns are being heard.

"It's heartbreaking that the people most in need are not being prioritised and sometimes I feel the government bodies live in a bubble," she says.

"It's people like me, who work at the coalface, who need to be in there, fighting for the vulnerable. If I had a voice in the Seanad, I'd advocate for the voluntary and community sector and raise awareness about the relationship between addiction and suicide, poverty, child neglect, mental health and homelessness."

The Dubliner qualified as an addiction counsellor following her own recovery 30 years ago. She founded The Rise Foundation in 2009 to help families of people in addiction and has worked tirelessly as its CEO for the past seven years, establishing and running family-support programmes and building cross-border and international alliances.

Black (55) has won three awards for her work with Rise, including the Emerald Spirit Award 2015 in New York, despite suffering crippling shyness and a huge lack of confidence for most of her life, even through her musical success.

Irish Independent

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