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Councillor Brian Lawlor has congratulated the Local Enterprise Office on holding a hugely successful day long conference to mark National Women’s Day. The event was hosted by South Dublin Local Enterprise Office and run as a collaboration between Fingal, Dun Laoighre Rathdown and Dublin City Council. It was MC’d by Collette Fitzpatrick and heard from Minister Pat Breen along with a line up of successful business women from across Dublin.

“It was great to see so many local businesswomen come together to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day. It proved the perfect networking opportunity and a fantastic chance to hear from successful female entrepreneurs from right across Dublin. Collette Fitzpatrick was a super host and it was terrific recognition of our local female entrepreneurial landscape to have Minister Pat Breen there for the occasion. He commended the hugely valuable work our Local Enterprise Offices do for entrepreneurs of both genders and spoke about the importance of encouraging more women into business and into politics. It was a lovely celebration and I’d like to congratulate Amanda, Michael, Sandra and Lorna and the team on another successful event,” said Cllr. Brian Lawlor who attended the event.

“I believe events like this and networks like our local women in business network, NEWS, go a long way towards leveling the playing field. The gender pay gap in Ireland is said to be at 14%. The Programme for Government sets out a clear commitment to reduce the gender pay gap and Cabinet has just recently approved the General Scheme of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill, I think this is really welcome progress,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

Fine Gael Councillor, Emer Higgins, donned a Commercials GAA kit to take to the stage as Sporty Spice for the Lip Sync Together fundraiser for St Mary’s and Commercial GAA clubs’.

“I am no Spice Girl and when I was asked by Brendan Murray to take on the role of one I was pretty apprehensive; but when he told me I’d be the only girl in the group I was terrified,” confessed Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“Anyone who knows St. Mary’s and Commercials know you can’t say no to either club. And so, after weeks of training us wannabe’s took to the stage. It was so much fun. There were over 850 people there to support the 17 acts that wowed the crowds. Jonann Reilly stole the show with her amazing performance as Lulu – she was born to be on a stage. Our Joe Dolan was inundated with knickers thrown on stage during his performance and Aishling McGee stunned people with her amazing performance as Beyonce. Despite that, there was nothing like the reaction to Frozen, Sister Act or to Tina Turner who turned 70 during our rehearsals,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins who is a General Election candidate for the area.

When talking about the funds collected, Cllr Higgins stated that “The level of community support for the event was incredible, the room was absolutely buzzing and over twenty-five thousand euros was raised to support both clubs. It goes to show how when a community comes together amazing things can happen. A huge congrats to the organizing committee, in particular Tish, Deirdre and Lorraine, who put so much effort into making sure the event was a success.”

“I believe that sports like GAA, promote amazing competencies amongst people. Skills such as sportsmanship, teamwork and determination are all honed on the pitch. To support initiatives like these is in fact to invest in the future of our community,” concluded Cllr Emer Higgins.

Members of the African community hosted a celebration of diversity, song, dance and fashion to mark World Sickle Cell Day. The event, which took place in Luttreslstown, was addressed by Deputy Jack Chambers and Cllr. Emer Higgins who lent their support to the #SickleCellMatters campaign.

“I was delighted to attend the World Sickle Cell Day celebrations to help raise awareness of the anaemia. Thankfully it’s a rarity in Ireland today, but as modern Ireland becomes more multicultural, diverse and inclusive, unless we promote awareness of the disease we could risk changing that. It’s a genetic condition of which many people, particularly those of African descent, are carriers. Being a carrier doesn’t impact your life but it could impact your child’s,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“I attended the event to support a colleague of mine who has two children with Sickle Cell disease. I wanted to lend my support to her and other families impacted by the disease. They are part of an organisation called Sickle Cell Ireland which promotes awareness of and champions resources for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. St. Michael’s Ward in Crumlin Hospital provides fantastic care to many of their children and the event raised much needed funds for Crumlin’s Medical Research Fund. The main messages from the event were to give blood because that’s life saving for people impacted by the disease, and for young people of African descent to get tested so they know whether or not they are a carrier before get married or have children,” explained Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“The event itself was fantastic. Brazilian dance, an artistic fashion show, fantastic young singers and all in a beautiful setting. I’d like to congratulate Sakinah and Esther on organising a terrific day and all they do to promote Sickle Cell in Ireland,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.


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