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End the gender pay gap

Because of the gender pay gap, Irish women effectively work the last 71 minutes of the day for free. We’re asking women in Ireland to take action this week by posting a #clockedout selfie on social media at 15:50 to mark the moment the pay gap kicks in. Time to #CloseTheGap #clockedout…

Larkin Commemoration

ICA Charity Calendar

BUY CALENDAR The calendar costs €5 and is available to purchase in Focus Ireland shops, from Liberty Hall in Dublin and online.

Musicians Union of Ireland backs call for Irish music quota on radio stations

The Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) has voiced its support for a Bill which will be debated in the Dáil this evening (Wednesday, 14th December) which seeks to set a minimum quota for the amount of music produced by Irish artists to be played on radio stations. MUI Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “The Bill proposedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Irish Equity, the MUI and the NUJ winning for actors and musicians

This Bill which will restore the unions right to collective bargain rates for voice over actors and session musicians. Equity, the MUI and the NUJ have been fighting this battle for 12 years so today is a good day for voice over artists, musicians and freelance photographers.Continue Reading

The Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016

The Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016, which seeks to return collective bargaining rights to freelance workers will be back for final stage in the Seanad on Thursday 10th November. After more than a decade it is with great satisfaction that we are now seeing progress on this issue. It can now be hoped that freelance workersContinue Reading

Musicians hold sing-song outside Leinster House in bid to get more radio play

Labour’s Willie Penros wants to get more Irish music played on the radio – and says that a proposed bill of his could save thousands of jobs in the process. So he gathered up a group of Irish musicians and brought them for a sing-song outside the gates of Leinster House this morning, while aContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Conference: Future of Work in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Sector, 8-9 September 2016


Love not hate – Unite to legislate against hate crime

Did you know that Ireland, unlike most other EU countries, has no hate crime legislation? People are still being targeted because of who they are, because of their real or perceived ethnicity, skin colour, sexual orientation, gender identity, intellectual or physical disabilities. Together we can change that! Sign the petition now Watch the video