Waterford festival issues apology over speeches

The organisers of Waterford festival All Together Now have issued an apology over two speeches at the event on Saturday. 
Waterford festival issues apology over speeches

The organisers of Waterford festival All Together Now have issued an apology over two speeches at the event on Saturday, however, both speakers have denied that they addressed issues relating to the trans community.

All Together Now issued the following statement: "Today we had two speakers here that do not align with the views of ATN Festival.

"We wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologise to all our festival community, artists and supporters for any hurt or anguish caused. We support trans rights.

"It is as simple as that. Our hopes for this festival is that it is a safe, supportive and loving environment for everyone."

Stella O'Malley said the talk was entitled 'Sex and Intimacy' and there was no discussion of trans issues at all.

In response to the festival's apology, Rachel Moran tweeted: "Which views of myself & @stellaomalley3 do not align with yours @ATNfestival? Which views are you attributing to us so appalling that you must publicly apologise for an association with us & believe likely to have caused 'hurt or anguish'?"

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