Gay RTÉ documentary maker, presenter and fashion designer Brendan Courtney has revealed that his next documentary will take on the current homelessness crisis in Ireland.
The 45 year-old presenter, who just released We Need To Talk About Mam on Monday, said that the homelessness crisis is only one of many that we need to be talking about.
“We need to talk about Direct Provision, we need to talk about homelessness, we need to talk about alcohol, we need to talk about drug addiction and there are loads more.
“I mean I live right beside Merchant’s Quays services, that’s where I live on the Quays, and I think we really need to talk about homelessness. And we are, but are we talking about it in a broad wide way, because it’s a crisis.”
Speaking about another recent documentary of his, Crowded House, which took on the housing crisis in Dublin and Limerick, Courtney said, “It fascinates me how passionate people are about it. I mean people loved it and they tell me all the time how much they love it but I think it is because it is so personal to us all.
“But I would be honest and I think that is refreshing on screen and I think actually even as a presenter because so many presenters act like a presenter and they are not themselves and I think that is how they are supposed to be sometimes. But I don’t know, I think people can tell honesty and they like it.
“Honestly they were all very organic, not very contrived but it is really great to be able to use my little voice and profile for good and to highlight issues and get people talking about them.”
Last year, Courtney made headlines when he took a pay cut to ensure that he and his female co-presenter at the time were on equal pay.
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