Travellers’ Development Group launches new mini-bus
By Echo Reporter
CLONDALKIN Travellers Development Group (CTDG) celebrated its 25th official anniversary with the launch of their new mini-bus.
The project ethos has always been deeply rooted in community development, guided by the community.
Doreen Carpenter, Project Coordinator, said: “I was delighted to be part of the celebrations, especially given the immense pressure Traveller projects have been under due to funding cuts.
“It is a testimony to the commitment and hard work of staff, that has played a huge role in making events like today happen. In the 1990s, the group started as a result of Traveller women coming together to engage in a personal development group. From this, the group began to lobby and promote the needs of travellers.”
Following on from this, CTDG was established with support from a number of different agencies and volunteers.
CTDG works from community development principles. Staff is made up of Travellers and non-Travellers working in partnership – delivering a diverse range of supports in health, accommodation and youth services.
The new mini-bus was secured from National Lottery funding, and will be available for wider community use, as a pathway towards cross-community contact, celebration and shared resources.
The community bus was launched by Sinn Féin Donegal TD Pádraig MacLochlainn.
Guests attended from the Department of Social Protection, Gardaí, South Dublin County Council, and a range of local community workers and agencies.
For further information on CTDG contact 4575124.