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Visit by Minister Deenihan to London & Birmingham


Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will today visit the UK for a series of engagements with the Irish community in London and Birmingham.


Minister Deenihan will launch London Irish Art 2015, an innovative showcase which explores the experience of the Irish diaspora in Britain, meet with Irish business people, and visit charities in Birmingham which support elderly Irish citizens.

Minister Deenihan said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to engage with two of the largest Irish communities in the UK, those of London and Birmingham.

“As the first Minister for the Diaspora it is vital that I engage with all sectors of the Irish community abroad. I am particularly looking forward to meeting members of the Birmingham Irish Association and Monica’s Place and thanking the staff and volunteers for their work on behalf of elderly Irish people.

“I am also keen to engage with the Irish community in London who have shown a flair for innovative ideas, such as London Irish Art 2015, and the Future Leaders Programme.”

This evening (Thursday) the Minister will launch London Irish Art 2015. The exhibition will run from 14-17 January and features works by artists based in Britain and Ireland including Louis le Brocquy, Gemma Billington, Liam O’Neill, John Behan and James Brohan. Artist Hughie O’Donoghue will make a presentation at the launch on his diaspora experience of culture, identity, and creativity.

On Friday morning the Minister will attend a breakfast with members of the Irish International Business Network based in London. Since 2007 this network has brought together successful Irish business people throughout the globe to foster entrepreneurship and mentor the next generation of Irish talent, in particular through the Future Leaders Programme. This programme, which is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, encourages successful Irish entrepreneurs in Britain to support and mentor younger Irish business people.

Later, the Minister will travel to Birmingham to meet with a number of Irish community groups funded under the Emigrant Support Programme. He will meet with the Birmingham Irish Association, the leading charity in the greater Birmingham area providing welfare services to the Irish community, and will also have the opportunity to meet with some of the elderly Irish availing of these services.

The Minister will also visit Monica’s Place – a unique organisation which provides accommodation and welfare services to elderly Irish men with substance abuse problems in the Birmingham area.




Press Office

15 January 2015