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Jennifer Davidson Named New Chair of the Writers Guild of Ireland

30th September 2020 by admin

We are delighted to announce the election of our new Chair, Jennifer Davidson. A member of the board since 2015, and more recently its Deputy Chair, Jennifer takes over from outgoing Chair, Thomas McLaughlin. Jennifer was unanimously elected the new chair at yesterday’s (virtual) board meeting

We would like to express our deep thanks to Thomas for his commitment and hard work in the service of the Guild. He continues to serve as a board member together with newly elected director Carl Austin who joined us for his first board meeting.

Some Useful Advice for Members

18th March 2020 by admin

1. Stay safe – if you feel unwell or have symptoms you suspect may be Covid-19, avoid all contact with others except where absolutely essential and follow the HSE guidelines on what action to take. If you are feeling well, limit contact as much as you can to keep yourself and others safe.

2. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

3. Don’t stockpile food and other items as that may prevent other people getting access to necessary items, but ensure you have sufficient supplies at home for yourself and others you cohabit with.

4. Listen and follow the guidelines and advice of the HSE, the government, trusted media and other experts. Avoid social media rumours.

5. Keep yourself and others around you calm. Worry is understandable but panic will achieve nothing. Find things to do at home to keep yourself busy and entertained. Spend time writing and on other creative or artistic work, reading, watching films, hobbies, playing games, exercising.

6. Talking is important. Social media is useful but studies have shown that talking is better for your mental health. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed try abdominal breathing or gentle exercise like yoga or tai chi. Call someone you know; tell them how you’re feeling.

7. Offer to help people but do so in a way which limits the risk to everyone’s health as much as possible.

Useful information re Covid-19 and available supports:

www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html#Protect-yourself

www.gov.ie/en/news/67e0b4-customer-notices

www.gov.ie/en/service/be74d3-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/covid19_and_social_welfare

www.artscouncil.ie/News/COVID-19-Update

www.civictheatre.ie/blog/civic-news/artist-emergency-relief-fund/

www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0316/1123492-mental-health-tips-coronavirus-lockdown/

Neasa Hourigan TD is encouraging people to share their concerns in relation to their work:

@neasa_neasa “People in precarious work situations have really varied concerns during this crisis. If you would be willing to share your specific questions in a reply tweet I will compile them into a dossier for submission to the relevant minister. Please share. #Covid_19 Thanks @DavidsonJenn.”

Message from WGI Chair

18th March 2020 by admin

Dear Guild Members,

We find ourselves in a uniquely challenging time where we have to worry not only about our livelihoods but the health of our family, friends and ourselves. Following HSE guidelines, the Guild Offices will remain closed until 29th March and if necessary beyond that. Both Clíona and Hugh will be working from home during that period and will be happy to answer any queries you may have (info@script.ie) and support you as much as possible.

We understand that you may be concerned about the impact on your health and your work and income and have listed some useful links to relevant information below. We will provide additional info on social media as we get it, and encourage you to get in touch if you have any concerns or queries.

The newsletter will continue to go out each fortnight during this period albeit with whatever news there is to print.

We encourage you to stay safe, stay positive and maybe turn this challenging time into an opportunity to write.

With best wishes from Thomas McLaughlin, Chair, WGI

Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance

16th October 2019 by admin

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland are pleased to announce to members that the Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance has now been extended to our members. The Scheme now recognises scriptwriters as professional artists and is designed to support writers and artists during times when their incomes are low.

According to the regulations of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in order to apply for this scheme, you need to fulfil certain criteria. You must:

  • qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • be capable, available for and genuinely seeking work
  • be registered with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners as self-employed
  • satisfy a means test with 50% earnings from work as a writer
  • be a professional writer as certified by your Guild

If you meet the requirements as outlined above, these are the steps you should take.

Request from the Guild a ‘Certificate of Professional Membership’ (email: info@script.ie). This Certificate will be posted to any member in good standing who requests it. Please note that members must bring hard copies of the Certificate, which are certified and stamped by the WGI, to their local DEASP office. For this reason Certificates will be sent to members by post and not by email.
Apply to your local DEASP office for the Jobseeker’s Allowance for Professional Artists Scheme, providing them with the ‘Certificate of Professional Membership’ and any other paperwork relevant to your application.
Should you encounter any difficulties, please feel free to contact the Guild and we’ll do our best to advise you.

If the DEASP give you access to this Scheme, this means that they recognise that you are a professional writer and your ‘activation’ period will be postponed for 12 months while you’re on this scheme. The rate of payment is the same as for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Further information:

http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Social-Welfare-Scheme-for-Professional-Artists-on-Jobseeker

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/unemployed_people/jobseekers_allowance_professional_artists

New Director

4th July 2019 by admin

The Board of the Guild has announced the appointment of Hugh Farley as its new Director following the departure of David Kavanagh.

In his career as a screenwriter Hugh served on the Board of the Guild in 2007, he has been Series Producer on ‘Red Rock’ and on ‘Ros na Rún’ and has extensive experience as a director.

He will take up the position in September.

Guild members are welcome to join David and Hugh for a drink at the Palace Bar (upstairs), 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2 from 7pm on Thursday 11th July.