11 June 2012

Minister Pays Tribute to Achievements of Clondalkin Traveller Development Group

Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D. this week met with the Clondalkin Traveller Development Group. The Group which works with 1,100 travellers in the area of Clondalkin and Newcastle recently opened a Bike Shed aimed at encouraging male travellers to use their services.

“I am delighted to be here on this fabulous sunny morning to visit the Clondalkin Traveller Development Group and meet so many of you who are providing such a fantastic service to members of the traveller community. It’s fantastic to hear first-hand about the work you are doing and I am hugely impressed to learn that because of your out-reach workers encouraging women to be breast health aware that the mammogram uptake rate has gone from well below the national average to almost 99%. I’ve done a lot of work in this area myself and I know how hard it is to get women tuned in to the need to attend breast checks and I have to say its inspiring to hear how successfully you’ve managed to do it,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

“It’s great also to see so many men using the Bike Shed. This is a concept that came from Australia and I’ve seen how well it works in towns throughout Ireland but I’ve never seen so many people so enthusiastic about the project. I really do hope it continues to flourish and that some of you guys can go on to be instructors in courses that bring bike making skills to other communities,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald who visited the Bike Shed to see the creations the young men have put together.

“It’s been a pleasure to meet you all and see the great work you are doing in the area,” concluded Minister Fitzgerald.