08 February 2012

Fitzgerald Lays Wreath in Oslo in Memory of Victims of Utoya Island Attack


Fitzgerald Visit Cathedral during State Visit to Norway to address OECD Conference

Local Fine Gael T.D., Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D., last week laid flowers at the door of the Cathedral in Oslo, in memory of those who died in last years’ attack on Utoya Island. Young people attending a Labour Youth Camp were among those who died. Minister Fitzgerald is the first Irish Minister to visit Oslo since the massacres and she took the opportunity while attending the OECD High-level conference on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), to lay a wreath at the door of the Cathedral in Oslo in memory of those who died in last years attack on Utoya Island

Minister Fitzgerald said, “I think everyone remembers where they were when they first heard of the horrors that happened there. Most of the victims were attending a Labour Youth Camp on the island and the tragedy was made all the more horrific by the fact that so many of those who died were young.”

“I was in to Oslo to participate in high level discussions on Early Childhood Education and Care. I have since announced the first ever National Early Years Strategy for Ireland is to be complied. We’re very lucky to have in Lucan and Clondalkin such a great selection of quality child care and educational facilities and I look forward to continuing to develop this sector.”

Fitzgerald was accompanied by the Irish Ambassador to Norway: Gary Ansbro and they were met by Elisabeth Thorsen: Canon of the Cathedral. The Cathedral hosted a national ceremony of remembrance of those who died in the massacres, in August of last year.