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Ray O’Neill

OPINION:

Work:Life Balance

The problem with talk of work/life balance is that it suggests that work and living are separate things, when in fact the balancing act is something much more integrated.

My name is Ray O’Neill, and I am a recovering workaholic. Of all addictions, perhaps this is more socially tolerated, for bringing remuneration and stronger professional recognition not only to myself, but to those I worked for and with. But, as in all addictions, the price to be paid somewhere was undoubtedly within my personal and social life. As with all addicts, I was more than willing to pay this price, because my addiction served me well as the perfect hiding place for so many questions, doubts and fears. My work life, no matter how stressful or consuming, was always easier to ‘manage’ and ‘control’ than a personal life involving people who could not so simply be scheduled, organised, or switched off.

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Our provocative cover by artist and designer, Niall Sweeney, celebrates ten years of Pantibar while cheekily harking back to a certain fetish club both he and Rory O'Neill (aka Panti) ran in the mid-90s. Inside we discuss Sweeney's long-term artistic relationship with O'Neill and how their friendship has informed the evolution of Dublin's queer scene over three decades (the full recording of which is available via GCN’s new podcast Q&A: The Queer and Alternative Podcast). Elsewhere we talk to some high-flying champions of LGBT+ diversity in companies like Vodafone, Deloitte, Accenture Ireland, eir and Web Summit, about the benefits of bringing your authentic self to work, and the members of Intertech Ireland tell us about connecting the LGBT+ tech workforce. Chris O’Donnell hears from some non-national LGBTs who are effectively serving time in Ireland’s hellish Direct Provision centres about the double discrimination of being an LGBT+ asylum seeker. Shaun Dunne, author of a documentary-style play featuring the testimony of those living with HIV speaks to members of ACT UP ahead of its Dublin Theatre Festival run, and Ray O'Neill talks work/life balance. Plus, all the best news, opinion, reviews, events, and much more.
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