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Speech by Minister Tony Killeen at Fuchsia 2010

The Minister for Defence, Tony Killeen T.D. today (Wednesday 30th June 2010) launched The Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women (ONE) annual national fundraising event, Fuchsia 2010, designed to assist former soldiers who have fallen on hard times. Emblems will be sold this week, at venues all around the country – and contributions can also be made through the ONE website on This Fuchsia initiative was first launched in 2009 and proved to be of immense help to ONE in supporting its nationwide activities.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Tony Killeen said, “I am very pleased to have been asked to launch the FUCHSIA 2010 campaign by ONE. I commend the campaign and urge all to support it by participation or contribution. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the Organization over its many years. ONE has made a very tangible difference to the lives of our ex-service men and women who have had cause to avail of its services. In addition to a comfortable bed and three good meals a day ONE provides a welcoming environment of comradeship and shared experiences. Residents at all locations are assured of dignity and respect. I am confident that in an ever changing environment we will witness the further development of the inspirational work undertaken by the Organization in responding in a positive, and in many cases, life changing manner to the needs of our ex-service men and women.”

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