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Minister Deenihan visits Irish diaspora in Scotland


Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will visit Scotland today (Wednesday) for discussions with the Irish community in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Minister Deenihan will also meet Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs while in Edinburgh. This will provide an opportunity for Minister Deenihan to thank the Scottish authorities for the assistance provided to the family of Karen Buckley.

Speaking ahead of his visit Minister Deenihan said:

“I am very conscious that my visit comes at an extremely difficult time for the Irish community in Glasgow, and indeed the whole of Scotland, following the tragic death of Karen Buckley. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Scottish authorities for all the assistance provided to the Buckley family at a time of such unimaginable grief."

On Wednesday Minister Deenihan will be in Glasgow and will meet with organisations working with the Irish community including Conradh na Gaeilge, GAA, the Irish Heritage Foundation and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. These organisations all receive funding under the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the Irish community in Scotland. As the first Minister for the Diaspora it is vital that I engage with all sectors of the Irish community abroad.”

While in Edinburgh tomorrow Minister Deenihan will also visit the Diaspora Studies Centre at the University of Edinburgh and will host a breakfast meeting for key Irish business contacts in Scotland. The visit is Minister Deenihan’s first to Scotland since his appointment as Minister for Diaspora Affairs.

Press Office
22 April 2015