I met the new Chairperson of the Grangegorman Development Agency and discussed the go-ahead for the D.I.T. campus (from my Guidance Counsellor work I was always very taken with the range of courses provided by D.I.T., the ladder progression and the extent of the practical nature of many of their courses), the Health facilities (and it was very positive learning how near completion the new Mental Health facility is - now it is vital that the staff will be in place). I took the opportunity to again stress the need for meaningful consultation with the local communities so issues can be addressed as soon as they arise.
On Education grants: I was able to proceed to third level back in 1968 due to a fair system of grants. There is no doubt but there is a need for reform of the grants system - the free fees have not
I have been supporting the Falun Gong movement in Ireland and following up on human rights matters for them so I had the opportunity to meet Dongxue Dai who is hopeful of showing a recently made documentary to members of the Oireachtas.
AWEPA work is continuing as the Irish Section is looking at an Aid Effectiveness programme as part of our work.
I went to Irish Aid Centre in O'Connell Street to see the photo exhibition by Paul Kelly of the Chaco people - well worth getting to see and he is hopeful of getting to show these photos in other venues.
Very best wishes to all our boxers as they pursue their Olympic dreams!