I'm catching up with episodes of The Blindboy Podcast and this week I listened to Blindboy's thought and emotion provoking interview with Colm O'Gorman, the executive director of Amnesty International Ireland and founder of One in Four, a support organisation for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The interview is wide-ranging, from Colm's work and personal life to how Ireland is currently a beacon of light for supporting human rights in a lot of areas of policy and public opinion.
While the subject matter is sometimes harrowing, the stories told by Colm, such as about his own abuse by the Catholic Church, and how it impacted his realtionship with his father are riveting. He talks about how he sued the Pope and won (kind of) and how his work now with Amnesty International Ireland is lobbying decision makers to ensure Ireland's governmental policies are human rights compliant. The most inspiring part of the interview for me (apart from the whole lot) is when he talks about how Ireland recently has been the embodiment of Hozier's lyrics "It's Not The Waking, It's The Rising". Colm urges all of us to not engage with the hate, but to use our love and go out and fucking do something. Maith An Fear.