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Minister Flanagan welcomes increase in financial support to the Irish Diaspora to over €12.5m

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has welcomed the strengthening of financial support to Irish emigrant organisations in Budget 2015

Funding of the Emigrant Support Programme, administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will be maintained at its 2014 level of almost €11.6m, while an additional €1m has been allocated to new Diaspora projects.

Minister Flanagan said the continued support for the Emigrant Support Programme showed the Government is committed to assisting Irish people living abroad:

“I am delighted that the Emigrant Support Programme and support to the Diaspora has received increased Government funding bringing financial support to over €12.5m. This is testament to the Government’s commitment to supporting and working with Irish communities globally, which I was delighted to witness in action in my recent visits to the UK, New York, and Boston.

“Building and maintaining connections with the Diaspora is a priority for the Government, and the Emigrant Support Programme is one of the key tools we have for this. It provides funding for community organisations around the world working with Irish emigrants and their descendants.

“While we rightly celebrate the successes of many Irish people around the world, we must not lose sight of those who haven't enjoyed that success, those who are rendered vulnerable by loneliness, dislocation or other factors. Welfare projects and programmes account for the majority of Emigrant Support funding.

“We also support culture and heritage projects and, in recent years, we have provided support to Irish business networks. In addition to the established centres of Irish emigration, new and strong communities are emerging in Western Australia, the Gulf, Canada, and elsewhere. It is important that we connect with those new communities and keep them in touch with Ireland.”

 

ENDS

Press Office

14 October 2014

 

Note to Editors:

  • Since its establishment in 2004, the Emigrant Support Programme has disbursed more than €110 million to support emigrants and build connections with the Irish Diaspora.
  • In 2013, the programme provided funding to 182 organisations in 15 countries.
  • In 2013 almost €6.8m of the funding went to organisations in Britain, €1.6m to those in the US, €1.4m to Ireland-based organisations, and €400,000 to Australian community groups. The remaining funding supported organisations in Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, France, South Africa, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Norway, and the Netherlands.
  • The Programme’s partners include the GAA, Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann, Ireland Reaching Out and Crosscare in Ireland, and the London Irish Centre, Irish in Britain and the Traveller Movement in Britain, the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centres in the US, the Australia Irish Welfare Bureau, and the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre abroad. Full details can be found on the Department’s website.
  • A further €1 million for Diaspora projects will be provided under the auspices of the Department of the Taoiseach.