TG4: Finné (Witness) Louise Hannon – Transgender Discrimination Case

Louise Hannon

Episode 6 – the story of Louise Hannon – the first transgender person in Ireland to take a case against her employer on gender discrimination grounds – airs October 10th @ 9.30pm on TG4.

This week’s episode of Finné recounts the extraordinary journey undertaken by Louise Hannon when she decided to take her employer to the equality tribunal, on the grounds of sexual discrimination. This nerve-wracking event is recounted by Louise in searing first–person testimony in the documentary, a tribunal case that led to the landmark Gender Recognition Act in 2016.

Throughout the documentary, Louise gives an honest, raw, and often heartbreaking account of growing up transgender in Ireland, where she felt compelled to fill a role as an only son to a farming family.

As happens with many of her generation, it was not until middle age that she discovered she was transgender, and began to step into her true identity – an identity she previously thought was perverse and impossible.

When Louise ultimately transitioned, she was working for a trucking transport company in Dublin. And when her line manager asked her to revert to her ‘male’ persona when dealing with customers, it was a step too far…

“It is only through searing personal testimony that we gain real insight into the human story behind the official accounts of these life-changing events” says Magamedia’s Paddy Hayes, series producer.

“Finné allows each individual the time and the freedom to tell their raw and powerful stories in their own words, and Louise Hannon’s account of discovering her true identity by transitioning to female is a real case of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.”

Inspired by recent Netflix-style documentaries, Finné is a brand-new home-grown documentary series commissioned by TG4, featuring the human side of big Irish stories that have made the headlines over the past 40 years. Presented by RTE’s courts correspondent, Orla O’Donnell, Finné recounts intimate stories of triumphs and traumas, of Davids and Goliaths, of dogged resilience and human frailties, through riveting first person testimony.

These are the witnesses, and these are their stories…

Finné – Louise Hannon airs on Wednesday 10th October @9.30pm on TG4.

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