Ann Fitzpatrick, who passed away on the 25th of June 2017, worked for many years as a community worker in West Tallaght, first as coordinator of Jobstown Integrated Development Project and later, following the abolition of the Community Development Programme, with South Dublin CountyPartnership in the Community Resource Centre in Glenshane.
Ann was totally committed to the communities with which she worked, undertaking a mix of interventions at personal, community and policy level to bring about social justice and equality. She was an active supporter of social economy initiatives and took a central role in the HEAT project where she was able to apply her extensive management and accountancy expertise. But she was most at home working with people, especially the women and families in Glenshane whom she rallied, supported and empowered to pursue their personal and collective goals. She was especially invigorated through her involvement in the human rights work of The Rights Platform where the Glenshane Women’s Group were outstanding in embracing this new way of seeking social change.
There is something poignant in losing a colleague who dedicated a good proportion of her life to improving the circumstances of life chances of others. There are all too few who take this course. Ann’s loss has been extensively and sincerely expressed by those families who worked alongside her over many years. Their hope is that Ann’s mission for equality will continue. On behalf of so many, may she rest in peace.