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Monday 25 March 2019

Taoiseach visits Outcomers

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar points to his signature on the 2015 Marriage Equality Bill watched by Cllr. John McGahon and Bernardine Quinn during his visit to Dundalk Outcomers. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar points to his signature on the 2015 Marriage Equality Bill watched by Cllr. John McGahon and Bernardine Quinn during his visit to Dundalk Outcomers. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics

Margaret Roddy

An Taosieach Leo Varadkar has promised to meet representatives of Outcomers Dundalk and LGBT Ireland to discuss the current funding structure of LGBT services during Pride Week.

He made the commitment when he visited Outcomers LGBT Support Service, at Roden Place during a brief visit to Dundalk last Friday.

Bernardine Quinn, Manager, Outcomers, outlined the history of the centre and they work they do for the LGBT Community in Louth. 'Outcomers has transformed into a resource for the wider community providing support and information on inclusion of and diversity within the LGBT community,' she told him. 'It provides training and awareness-raising sessions to a range of regional and national stakeholders; it provides crucial and timely accompaniment to young LGBT people and their families on their journey to acceptance and celebration of who they are.'

Teenage service user Kamile highlighted her experience of the centre and how it has helped her. Paula Fagan, CEO of LGBT Ireland spoke about LGBT Family Rights and requested that the Taoiseach meet them in Government Buildings during Pride Week to discuss the current funding structure for LGBT Services and he agreed to do so.

Cllr. John McGahon explained that when the Taoiseach asked him to help draw up a intinary for his Dundalk visit, he had said that first place they would have to visit would be Outcomers. 'I have worked closely with Bernie on different issues over the last five years and I was wanted the Taoiseach to have the opportunity to see the incredibly hard work that she and the board of Outcomers put into making the centre a safe and accessible place for LGBT people, not only in Dundalk, but throughout the North East.'

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