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Happy Christmas and best wishes for a great 2018 from all at EILE Magazine, and welcome to the December 2017 issue of EILE!

In this month’s issue, we catch up with singer-songwriters, Tim Myers, Adam Prince King, and SIA, and Lisa Reynolds pays tribute to George Michael. Brian Rochford writes about Health during the Christmas season and also writes on Men’s Fashion this month. We have film reviews from Frances Winston, and our Travel section features Cruises and Travel Tips. We also have lots of global news, views and entertainment, so we hope you enjoy this December 2017 issue of EILE Magazine!

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India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

A villager goes through the process of eye scanning for Unique Identification (UID) database at Merta district in the Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the programme.

India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009, to streamline welfare payments, and cut wastage in public spending.

The government has since made the card mandatory to access a range of services, including benefits such as state subsidies, pensions and scholarships.

This “can obstruct access to several constitutional rights, including the rights of people to food, healthcare, education and social security,” said Aakar Patel, executive director at Amnesty International India. Continue Reading »

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Irish Feature Film BLACK 47 To Have World Premiere At The Berlin International Film Festival

The Irish feature film Black 47, directed by Lance Daly (Kisses, Life’s A Breeze) will have its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. 

The film, which is an action movie set during the Great Irish Famine, stars Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Transformers franchises) and Jim Broadbent, (Oscar® winner for Iris) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor, Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire).

Black 47 will join films by Wes Anderson and Gus Van Sant at this years festival, and now follows major Irish films such as Jim Sheridan’s The Boxer, Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy, and John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, to have premiered at the festival. Continue Reading »

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Launch of Béar Féile 2018 – 23rd to 25th March!

The amazing Béar Féile 2018, Ireland’s biggest Bear Festival, has just been launched by Dublin Bears!

There is a great weekend of fun and entertainment lined up, from 23rd to 25th March, with a warm welcome for Bears and admirers from all over the world. A €40 Reg Pack includes all of the following ( EXCEPT the BEAR BUS).

Fri 5pm: Trad Session in Jack Nealon’s Pub, Dublin

Fri 9pm: FUR in Adelphi, Dublin, with El Styra & Steodub

Sat 12.30pm: Bear Bus Tour, €10 to be paid on Board (NOT INCLUDED in Reg pack)

Sat 2pm: Gin & Bear It, with Paddy F & Kristen Kapelli / DJ Aggie in Street 66, Dublin

Sat 9pm: Mr Bear Ireland Competition with Panti, featuring ABBAesque and DJ Corky, in the Button Factory, Dublin

Sun 2pm: EDEN in Pantibar, Dublin, with DJ Gerry Moore

Sun 9pm: Bear Bingo with Shirley Temple Bar at The George, Dublin

Tickets for Mr Bear Ireland / ABBESque on Saturday night can be bought separately for €20, or you can pay for individual events at the door

2pm and 5pm events are €5 each

Friday Night: €10
Saturday Night €20

Dublin Bears are working on their website at the moment, but online ticket sales should be available today at:

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US: HRC Releases Annual State Equality Index Ratings

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute in the US, have recently released their annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive state-by-state report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and placing states in one of four categories based on their pro- and anti-LGBTQ state laws.

This year’s SEI details the onslaught of more than 125 anti-LGBTQ laws introduced across 30 states during the 2017 state legislative season, including legislative proposals to grant sweeping licences to discriminate; undercut marriage equality; and target the transgender community — including transgender children. Continue Reading »

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Irish Company Acquires Rights For ‘Kissing Candice’ (See Trailer)

Irish film distributor, Wildcard Distribution, has acquired the Irish and UK Rights for Aoife McArdle’s debut feature film, ‘Kissing Candice’, with a theatrical release due in the coming months.

The coming-of-age story stars Ann Kelly as Candice, a 17-year-old who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about (played by Ryan Lincoln, Cardboard Gangsters) turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang.

Ann, whose previous work includes the RTÉ series, Rebellion, received an IFTA nomination in the Actress in a Lead Role – Film category, for her role in Kissing Candice, where she is up against Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird) and Sarah Bolger (Halal Daddy).

Speaking about the acquisition, writer and director of the film, Aoife McArdle said:

“I’m thrilled to be working with Wildcard on the release of Kissing Candice in Ireland and the UK. This is a film that’s been crafted for a youth audience so we couldn’t have found a better partner.”

Aoife’s commercials are amongst the boldest in the industry, most recently her work for Audi and Absolut voiced their dedication to gender equality and LGBT rights respectively. Aoife was the only female director with a spot in the coveted Super Bowl ad break in 2017 and has won at leading industry awards shows including Cannes Lions, The British Arrows and D&AD.

Patrick O’Neill, MD of Wildcard, added:

“Kissing Candice is one of the most original and exciting Irish films I have seen in recent years, and introduces Aoife McArdle as a visionary new voice in Irish cinema.  We look forward to working closely with Aoife and Producer Andrew Freedman on the cinema release in the coming months.”

The film which shot on location in Dublin, Louth, and Wicklow, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.

It’s the feature film debut from award-winning music video director, Aoife McArdle, and was produced by Andrew Freedman of Venom Films (His & Hers, Kelly & Victor, Mom & Me) and Sally Campbell of Somesuch, with funding through the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst Scheme.

See Trailer Below:

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Star Of THE YOUNG OFFENDERS, Chris Walley, Lands Major West End Role

Actor Chris Walley

Chris Walley, star of smash-hit feature film and upcoming TV series The Young Offenders, has landed a major role in a new production in London’s West End.  Walley will play the part of Davey, in Martin McDonagh’s pitch-black comedy, ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’, directed by legendary MGC Artistic Director, Michael Grandage, in a rare West End revival. 

The production commences at the Noel Coward Theatre in London on June 23rd, and will run until early September.  Playing opposite Walley will be Aidan Turner, along with Charlie Murphy, Denis Conway, Will Irvine and Brian Martin.
A production of the play also appeared on Broadway in New York City in 2006, earning Martin McDonagh an Obie award, and various productions have appeared around the world to huge critical acclaim and multiple awards.

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BeLonG To: Gender Recognition Review – Your Voice Matters

The review of  the Gender Recognition Act  is underway and now it’s time to have your say.

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, has announced the launch of the consultation process, and they want as many voices as possible – especially young voices.

By making a submission, no matter how long or short, you are adding your voice to this process, and helping to make real change to the lives of the trans community in Ireland.  

The review of the 2015 Act will cover issues such as gender recognition for children younger than 16 years of age; arrangements for 16 and 17 year olds; and the position of non-binary and intersex persons.

You are invited to make a submission under the following headings:

  • Arrangements for children aged 16 to 17 years;
  • Arrangements for children aged under 16 years;
  • Arrangements for persons who identify as neither male nor female (e.g. non-binary);
  • Arrangements for intersex people;
  • Any other relevant issues, including issues relating to the operation of the current legislative provisions.

Making a Submission

Create your submission using the headings above – make sure to include your full name and address, then submit!

You can email gender@welfare.ie with the subject line ‘Submission’, or send your submission by post to:

GRA2015 Review (Submission), GRO Policy Unit,  Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Floor 1, Áras Mhic Dhiarmada, Store Street, Dublin 1, D01 WY03.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 5th 2018.

More information about the consultation process is available here.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your say, and change the future of gender recognition in Ireland.