ALICE LEAHY today Saturday, February 21 2004 speaking at a national meeting of Brigidine Justice Groups in Tullow, County Carlow praised their commitment to both awareness and action and urged them to continue to be fearless in speaking out in defence of those who have no voice.

The Brigidine Justice Groups were formed by the Brigidine Sisters and include past pupils of their schools as well as those interested in working for justice. They have groups in various parts of Dublin and around the country.

Chairperson of the Brigidine Justice Group Sister Anna Creagh said they are committed to “awareness and action” on issues of justice and are actively involved in helping travellers and asylum seekers as well as taking action to protect the environment.

ALICE LEAHY, Director and Co-Founder of TRUST in her address said that it is often very hard to defend those who find themselves as outsiders in society.

“You must be unafraid to be treated as an outsider to be an effective voice in defence of those who are unable to speak out on their own behalf. TRUST has sought to make people aware or to see those who are excluded as outsiders to underline the fact that only by changing attitudes do we have any hope of creating a society where all will be made to feel welcome.”