Journalist Una Mullally appointed as chair of new LGBT youth strategy group

The new group will consult with young gay people next year and make recommendations to the Children's Minister

Journalist Una Mullally appointed as chair of new LGBT youth strategy group

Una Mullally and Minister Katherine Zappone at the announcement of Ms. Mullally's appointment as Independent Chair of the group to oversee the National LGBT Youth Strategy

Journalist and activist Una Mullally has been appointed as the independent chair of a group which will oversee the development of a National LGBT Youth Strategy.

The group will consult with young gay people next year and make recommendations to the Children's Minister on programmes that need to be implemented.

Other members of the group will be appointed in 2017.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone explained: "I am delighted that we have an exciting, inspiring and passionate Independent Chair in Una not only to guide the development of the strategy but to encourage all young people to take part.

"We all remember when images of a sea of rainbow flags in the courtyard of Dublin Castle were beamed across the globe setting Ireland as a beacon for equality – it was a proud moment. However for many in our community isolation, discrimination and bullying remain realities."

Una Mullally, who is also an author and broadcaster, said: "LGBT young people face a unique set of challenges when striving to fulfil their potential, particularly when it comes to mental health, facing bullying in schools, combatting negative stereotypes, and dealing with the anxiety of environments hostile to their sexuality or gender identity.

"As someone who grew up gay in Ireland, I understand the struggles and complexities of existing in a society that is sometimes hostile to your identity. I hope to bring that experience, as well as my work as an LGBT rights activist and advocate to this endeavour, and will also be guided by the experts in this field, and most importantly LGBT young people themselves," she added.