Ciara Kenny

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Emigrants invited to share views on Ireland’s ‘diaspora engagement’

Government asks Irish communities abroad to contribute to review

Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 13:50


The Government is appealing to Irish emigrants and members of the Irish community abroad to contribute their views on how Ireland engages with its diaspora.

Launching a public consultation as part of the Government’s review of its engagement with the Irish abroad, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said the diaspora was “of enormous importance to Ireland”.

“The diaspora is diverse, encompassing those who left in recent years and the descendants of those who left 100 years ago, or more. We want to hear from all of the Irish overseas.”

He said the Irish diaspora had helped to build economic links between Ireland and other countries, built the reputation of the country abroad, and played an important role in bringing peace to Ireland.

People at home and abroad who are interested in and affected by issues of emigration, and the wider questions of engagement with the diaspora, are invited to contribute their views. Further details on the review and how to make a submission can be found here.