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Tánaiste announces funding for Irish organisations in Britain

LONDON - 6 September 2012: The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, T.D., announced the award of grants of over £5.7 million (€7.27million) to 113 organisations in Britain under the Emigrant Support Programme. 

Speaking today to a gathering of Irish community organisations in London, the Tánaiste stated that:

“These grants demonstrate the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the work of Irish organisations abroad, particularly those providing frontline services to the elderly, vulnerable and marginalised. I know you are all aware that this year the Emigrant Support Programme has faced a reduction in its overall budget. However, I am glad that despite this significant budgetary pressure, the Government has been able to ensure that funding for vital frontline organisations in Britain is being maintained. This underlines the value the Government, and indeed the Irish people, place on our communities here and around the world and our continuing commitment to assisting those emigrants who most need our help.” 

Since the establishment of the Emigrant Support Programme in 2004, over €70 million has been allocated in support of Irish communities in Britain. Of the total amount announced by the Tánaiste, £4.45 million (€6.6m) will go to organisations providing welfare and information services, particularly the elderly. These services range from informal community networking groups for seniors to outreach services and advice in accessing entitlements. The balance of the grants is provided for heritage, minor capital and community projects.

Of the 113 organisations being funded, the largest recipients are the Federation of Irish Societies (£475,000) and the London Irish Centre (£448,500). Eighty two organisations have received grants for amounts of less than £50,000. 

Two business networks in London have received funding in this year’s grants and the Tánaiste remarked that:

“The current wave of immigration from Ireland has added a new dynamic to the Irish community in Britain and, as is the case with earlier emigrants, the Government is committed to engaging with these new arrivals to these shores. It is in this respect that I am particularly pleased to be able to include two business networks in this round of funding.”

Our overseas Networks are a powerful demonstration of the invaluable resource that we in Ireland enjoy through our Diaspora. More important though than the presence of this resource, is the fact that our people and friends abroad remain so deeply engaged with Irish issues and willing to assist us in overcoming our challenges.

Notes for Editor

Since its inception in 2004, over €70 million has been allocated to the Emigrant Support Programme in Britain.

A full list of the grants announced to date in 2012 for British organisations is attached.  It should be noted that while the 2012 grant allocation to date (£5.7 million) is lower than in 2011 (£6.9million), grants to frontline organisations have remained close to 2011 levels. Last year’s grants included a large capital grant of £550,000 to the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. Further announcements in respect of projects in Britain may be made later in the year. 

The emphasis of the programme’s funding in Britain, as elsewhere, is on supporting frontline welfare services.  This support has had a very tangible and positive impact on Irish communities in Britain, in particular on the lives of our vulnerable citizens, a point acknowledged by the Simon Community and the British-Irish Inter-parliamentary Body, amongst others.

Established in 1973, the Federation of Irish Societies is a national umbrella organisation which draws together Irish clubs and societies in Britain. It promotes the interests of Irish people through community care, education, culture and arts, youth and sports activities and information provision.

ESP grants to organisations in Britain are paid in sterling and the euro amounts quoted in the Press Release are based on current exchange rates and provided for information.  The final euro amount may vary depending on the exchange rates in operation on the days the grants are paid to organisations.


2012 Awarded

Acton Homeless Concern


Age UK Hillingdon


Aisling Project


Bell Farm Christian Centre


Benefits Advice Shop


Birmingham St. Patrick's Festival Ltd.


Blackfriars Advice Centre


Bolton Irish Community Association


Brent Adolescent Centre


Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS)


Brian Boru Club


Bristol Playbus


Causeway Irish Housing Association


Celtic & Irish Cultural Society


Conradh na Gaeilge, Glaschú


Corby's Young At Heart Luncheon Group


Coventry Irish Society


Cricklewood Homeless Concern


Edinburgh Cyrenians


Emerald Circle Club


Emerald Senior Citizens Group




Federation of Irish Societies


Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music


Forest Bus


Friends, Families and Travellers




Halifax and District Irish Society


Halifax Irish Centre


Haringey Cultural and Community Centre


Haslingden IDL Club


Huddersfield Irish Centre


Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association


Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP)


Innisfree Housing Association


Irish Arts Foundation


Irish Chaplaincy in Britain


Irish Charitable Trust


Irish Community Care Manchester


Irish Community Care Merseyside


Irish Community Services (formerly Irish in Greenwich)




2012 Awarded

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith


Irish Diaspora Foundation


Irish Elderly Advice Network


Irish Festivals Ltd. T/A Irish Arts Festival, London


Irish Heritage


Irish Heritage Foundation (formerly Harps Community Project, Glasgow)


Irish in Birmingham (formerly Irish Welfare & Information Centre)


Irish Network Stevenage


Irish Repertory Theatre and Film Company


Irish Traveller Movement in Britain (ITMB)


Irish Tuesday Club, Liverpool


Irish World Heritage Centre


Kilburn Irish Pensioners


Lancashire Federation of Irish Democratic League Clubs


Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange


Leeds Irish Health & Homes


Leeds St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations


Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum


Lewisham Irish Community Centre


Lewisham Irish Pensioners Group


Liverpool Irish Festival


London Gypsy and Traveller Unit


London Irish Amateur Rugby Club


London Irish Centre


London Irish Graduate Network


London Irish Music School


London Irish Pensioners Choir


Luton Irish Forum


Manchester Irish Education Group


Manchester Irish Language Group


Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association


Marian Senior Citizens Club


Maya Centre


Milton Keynes Irish Centre


Mind Yourself (formerly London Irish Women's Centre)


Momentum Care Irish Elders Centre (Rehab)


Monica's Place



2012 Awarded

New Horizon Youth Centre


NOAH Enterprise


North London Action for the Homeless


North Wales Irish Society


Northampton Irish Support Group


Nottingham St. Patrick's Day Parade


Over 60's Pensioners Club


Oxford Irish Society


Safe Start Foundation


Sandwell Irish Community Association


Sandwell Irish Society


SanKTus ( formerly Our Lady Help of Christian's Welfare)


SIFA Fireside


Solace Women's Aid (Camden Women's Aid)


Southwark Irish Pensioners


Southwark Irish Youth


Southwark Travellers Action Group


St. Michael's Irish Centre


St. Patrick's Senior Tuesday Club


Streetwork UK


Tara Irish Pensioners


The Connection at St. Martins


The Emerald Centre


The Felling Irish Association


The Golden Shamrock Club


The Hibernian Society


The Irish Club Warrington


The Passage


The South London Irish Association


Tricycle Theatre


Tuesday Club Leeds Irish Centre


Tyneside Irish Centre


Tyneside Irish Cultural Society


Watford Irish Association


West Hampstead Women's Centre