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Thursday 20 June 2019

Bid to make Skerries 'autism-friendly town'

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Cllr Tom O'Leary at the recent SYSS Skerries Youth Support Services event with Jackie Morrison Kelly
Cllr Tom O'Leary at the recent SYSS Skerries Youth Support Services event with Jackie Morrison Kelly

A new group has been formed in Skerries in a bid to make it a more 'autism-friendly town'.

Cllr Tom O'Leary recently met with some of the people behind the new group including parents with autistic children and Martin Scully of Skerries Chamber of Commerce who is backing the project.

Cllr O'Leary said: 'A group of parents have formed a committee and it is their firm intention to make Skerries an 'autism friendly town'.

'Clonakilty in Cork were the first in Ireland to achieve that status.

'It's a journey and we are setting out on that journey-seeking community Support and engagement.

'The committee will hold a public meeting soon.'

For his part, the councillor who was recently re-elected to Fingal County Council with a healthy vote in his hometown of Skerries for which he thanked the local voters, said: 'I have contacted the Department of Health and senior officials in Fingal County Council and other key contacts on the issue.

'I look forward to fully supporting the aim to designate Skerries an autism friendly town.'

The local councillor commended the committee for coming up with the idea and driving it forward and pledged to do what he could to support the committee's aims.

He said: 'Great ideas spring from the community and I am here to facilitate and encourage and assist along the way.'

As Cllr O'Leary said, Clonakilty is Ireland's first autism friendly town.

In order to acquire this designation Clonakilty had to go through a robust accreditation process. It had to engage with the community on the issue and develop a three-year town plan.

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