14 October 2014

Fitzgerald: “Budget 2015 to extend BreastChecks to 65-69 year olds”

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality, today (October 14th) described the Budget 2015 provision to extend BreastChecks to 65-69 year olds as a “timely breakthrough which I have spent many years fighting for”.

She said:

“I have been a vocal and passionate supporter of the extension of Breast Check to women between 65- 69 years of age since my days in the Seanad.  When I was elected to the Dáil to represent Dublin Mid-West in 2011, I succeeded in getting a commitment in the Programme for Government for the extension of Breast Checks.

“We have now followed through on that commitment. This important decision reflects the Government’s serious and holistic approach to improve the wellbeing of Irish women.

“My commitment to breast cancer education and services goes back to my time as Vice Chair of the European Breast Cancer awareness campaign, Europa Donna, as well my time on the board of the Breast Research Unit in St. Vincent’s Hospital.

 “I will continue my work at local level to educate and empower women to be more Breast Aware through the public meetings and events I have held since 2009. The local women who attended these meetings gave me the support and encouragement to continue raising this issue at national level.

“Continuing in this vein, on Saturday, October 18th, I have invited people in the area to attend a Pink Walk fundraiser in collaboration with the Marie Keating Foundation, which will be a fun and active celebration of all the great work being done to improve cancer research and awareness. The walk will start at Palmerstown Community Centre at 11 a.m, and will feature a balloon release in Waterstown Park in memory of loved ones who passed away from or are coping with cancer.”