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Top 25 Irish diaspora initiatives

… and other articles on diaspora and emigration this week

Sat, Nov 1, 2014, 11:44


Ireland is considered among the top five countries in the world for “diaspora engagement”, but what does this mean in practice? The Global Diaspora and Development Forum, being held in Dublin this weekend, is hearing about the standout initiatives by the Government, private businesses, communities and individuals which have contributed to Ireland’s top spot. In Weekend Review today, we introduce some of these projects and schemes, some very familiar, and others you may not have heard about before. Read the article here. Are there any initiatives which aren’t mentioned here that you think people should know about? Let us know in the comments section below.

The article is based on a list of 25 Irish Diaspora Initiatives by Dublin-based consultancy Diaspora Matters. They also have a 75 World Diaspora Initiatives on their website, which are also worth checking out.

Opening the forum yesterday, Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan said the Irish abroad have played ‘major role’ in economic recovery.

The Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish abroad were presented by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Thursday, to winners including London Irish Centre co-founder Mary Allen, actress Fionnuala Flanagan and Dr Kevin Cahill, president-general emeritus of the American-Irish Historical Society. Read the President’s speech here, and more about each of this year’s winners here.

Another of the winners, New York-based Irish journalist and publisher Niall O’Dowd, spoke to Ciara Kenny while in Dublin this week, saying the Irish diaspora is still “hugely underutilised” as an economic resource for Ireland.