High praise for FWIN from Tánaiste

Foyle Women’s Information Network made quite an impression on the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, during his recent visit to Derry/Londonderry.

 Mr Gilmore was in the city in October to speak at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. During his visit the Tánaiste took the opportunity to speak to representatives from two local women’s groups who are members of FWIN – Galliagh Women’s Group and Caw & Nelson Drive Action Group.

Since his visit the Tánaiste has had high praise for FWIN and for the women the group represents. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D, said: “The Foyle Women’s Information Network are a fine example of how local communities can work together to break down barriers and overcome sectarianism.

“I learned a huge amount in my meeting with them about the challenges of community relations. It is through groups like this making their voices heard that real progress can be made in promoting reconciliation.”

Rosie Doherty, from Galliagh Women’s Group, who met with Mr Gilmore during his visit, said: “Coming from the grass roots women’s sector I found it a really worthwhile visit from Eamon Gilmore and his team. I think they were very impressed with the women they met and they found it very informative, as did we.

“This was a great opportunity for us, and something we would not usually be able to get involved with, so many thanks go to Foyle Women’s Information Network as without them, it wouldn’t have happened.”

Linda Watson from Caw and Nelson Drive Action Group, who also met with the Tánaiste, added: “This was a great opportunity for us to get our point of view across especially around women’s issues in the city. It was a very successful meeting and I hope we will see some positive developments coming from it.”

Catherine Cooke, Co-ordinator of Foyle Women’s Information Network, was delighted with the meeting. She added; “It was great to meet with the Tánaiste and we were delighted to be able to organise this meeting between local women at a grass roots level and Mr Gilmore. “The meeting went extremely well and it was a fantastic opportunity for women’s organisations in the city”

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