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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Varadkar and Zappone among LGBT award nominees

Minister Katherine Zappone and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister Katherine Zappone and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tony Gavin
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone are among 60 people and organisations up for nomination at the eight annual LGBT+ awards.

The GALAS were set up by GCN and the National LGBT Federation (NXF) to honour LGBT+ people and organisations for their contributions to Irish society.

Four nominees were picked for each of the eighteen categories, which include Event of the Year, Political Figure of the Year and Employer of the Year. Those nominees were whittled down after around 1,400 votes from the public.

The Taoiseach and Minister are joined in their category by former Tanaiste Joan Burton and Sinn Fein Senator Fintan Warfield.

Independent.ie's Jason Kennedy is nominated for Journalist of the Year, alongside the Irish Times' Una Mullally and Peter McGuire and writer Lyra McKee.

Dublin Bus, Google Ireland, Dublin City Council and Accenture Ireland have all been nominated for Employer of the Year, while Dublin Pride, Belfast Pride, Cork Pride and GAZE Film Festival made the cut for Event of the Year.

"Ireland remains a place where there is much work to be done for the acceptance, equality and safety of LGBT+ people," said GCN Editor Brian Finnegan.

"The GALAS are here to honour the people and organisations, both within the LGBT+ community and without, working towards a fully accepting society and a better Ireland for all."

The Ceremony will take place in the Mansion House, Dublin on Saturday, October 21 and will be hosted by 2FM's Jenny Greene and Stephen Byrne.

Full list of nominees


Community Organisation of the Year (Paid staff):



The Outhouse

Wexford LGBT+ FDYS


Community Organisation of the Year (Voluntary staff)

Dublin Bears

Dublin Lesbian Line

Dublin Transgender Peer Support Group

LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids)


Volunteer of the Year

Sharon Nolan

Eddie McGuinness

Tomas Heneghan

Noleen Cummins


Employer of the Year


Dublin City Council

Dublin Bus

Google Ireland


LGBT Student Award

Out in UL

GiG Soc (NUI Galway)


Siona Cahill, USI


Sports Award

Cameron Keighron

Cork Rebels FC

David Gough

Wet & Wild Sports Club


Online Award

Alexis’ Trans-ition

GMHS Sexual Health App Campaign

IndividualiTy Trans Visibility Campaign

Jamie & Chloe O’Herlihy


LGBT Ally of the Year

Cork City LGBT Inter-Agency Group

Gerard Raymond Roe, BeLonGTo

Michelle Cullen, Accenture

Richard Carson, ACET


Event of the Year

Belfast Pride

Dublin Pride

Cork Pride

GAZE 25th Film Festival


Journalist of the Year

Una Mullally

Jason Kennedy

Peter McGuire

Lyra McKee


Political Figure of the Year

Katherine Zappone TD

Joan Burton TD

Senator Fintan Warfield

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar


Arts & Literature Award

RIOT, Thisispopbaby

The Ref & Paradise, Acting Out

Kris Nelson, Dublin Fringe Festival

Toby Buckley, Demand Change


TV & Film Award

The 34th, Linda Cullen

Handsome Devil, John Butler

Fair City

A Date for Mad Mary, Darren Thornton


Noel Walsh HIV Activism Award

Ian Fahey

Robbie Lawlor


ACT UP Dublin


Entertainer of the Year

Graham J


Davina Devine

Markus Feehily

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