Liz O’Donnell praises work of Safe Start Foundation
Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Liz O'Donnell TD, today praised the work of the Safe Start Foundation, which provides support services to newly arrived immigrants from Ireland, and she commended all those who work for the Irish community in Britain.
Speaking at the Foundation's Annual Dinner in London, the Minister observed that at a time of greater prosperity in Ireland, not everyone has shared equally in the fruits of the economic growth. She said that, in its "excellent work", Safe Start offers vital services and "a way in for those who might be initially hesitant about contacting statutory bodies".
Minister O'Donnell also briefed the Irish community on developments in the peace process, thanking them for their "continued support and encouragement". That support was, she said, "deeply appreciated and most welcomed by the Irish Government".
On the peace process she added “I believe that we must remain optimistic, and
I am confident that in our efforts to find a way forward, we can be sure of the continued support and good wishes of the Irish community in Britain.
Note to Editors
The Safe Start Foundation was founded by a group of Irish business people in 1989 and offers a general advice service to newly arrived immigrants to Britain. It provides information on employment, training and accommodation and its clients are drawn from groups including the young, the homeless and travellers. The Government provides funding to the Foundation through the Díon Committee and has contributed over £120,000 to date.