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Minister Deenihan announces €6.73 Million in Emigrant Support Funding for Irish Community in Britain

Minister Deenihan announces €6.73 Million in Emigrant Support Funding for Irish Community in Britain

The Minister of State for the Diaspora, Mr Jimmy Deenihan T.D., has today announced details of €6.73 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain. Grants have been made to 110 organisations in support of a range of projects for which applications have been received through the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Speaking at the Irish Embassy in London at a special event for the organisations who are recipients of the ESP funding this year, Minister of State Deenihan said:

Since being appointed the Irish Government’s first ever Minister for the Diaspora, I have had the pleasure of visiting many of the organisations represented here today. It has been a great privilege to see first-hand the tremendous work that is being done and the profound impact that your services have on our emigrants in Britain.”

Minister of State Deenihan went on to thank Irish community organisations in Britain for their contributions to the formulation of Ireland’s new Diaspora Policy and for their participation in the first ever Global Irish Civic Forum held in Dublin last June.
The Minister also paid tribute to the volunteers who are at the heart of Irish community organisations across Britain:

Without exception, I’m told by every organisation I meet that volunteers are the backbone of the work they do. Whether it’s organising a tea-dance, visiting people in their homes or creating new databases and social media strategies, thousands of volunteers across Britain put an extraordinary amount of time and dedication into supporting their fellow Irish.

“This is a true reflection of the Irish meitheal tradition where a community comes together to help one another.


Press Office

12 November 2015


Note for Editors:

While in London Minister of State Deenihan will also address an Irish International Business Network (IIBN) reception in the Embassy of Ireland, London in advance of the Network’s annual global conference on Friday (13 November).

Emigrant Support Programme: Since 1984, the Irish Government has given financial support through its Emigrant Support Programme to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to Irish emigrants overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working through Ireland’s Embassy Network coordinates the provision of support to communities abroad and administers the programme.

The main focus for funding under the Emigrant Support Programme remains the frontline welfare service providers that support the elderly, and other vulnerable Irish emigrants. In more recent years the programme has also recognised the importance of strong and active Irish communities more generally, funding projects which foster a sense of community, promoting vibrant networks and a sense of Irishness among the Irish abroad. The Emigrant Support Programme funding year runs from 1 July – 30 June. Further details can be found on our website

Approximately three-quarters of grants made are for amounts under £50,000.

Please see a list of the organisations’ funding in 2015:

Organisation Name

ESP funding 2015

Acton Homeless Concern Emmaus House and The Damien Centre


Age UK Hillingdon


The Aisling Project


Ashford Place


Bell Farm Christian Centre


Benefit Advice Shop


Birmingham Irish Association


Blackfriars Advice Centre


Bolton Irish Community Association


Brent Adolescent Centre


Brent Irish Advisory Service


Brian Boru Club


Causeway Irish Housing Association


Celtic and Irish Cultural Society


The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields


Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú


Console Suicide Prevention Ltd


Coventry Irish Society


Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland


The Emerald Centre


Emerald Circle Club - Harrow


Emerald Senior Citizens Group


Feith an Cheoil


Friends, Families and Travellers


The Golden Shamrock


The Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association


Halifax and District Irish Society


Halifax Irish Centre


Haringey Irish Centre


Haslingden Davitt IDL Club


Hibernian Society, The


Huddersfield Irish Centre


The Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade Assoc.




Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy


Innisfree Housing Association


Irish Arts Foundation


Irish Network Scotland


Irish Chaplaincy


Irish Club Warrington


Irish Community Care Manchester


Irish Community Care Merseyside


Irish Community Services


Irish Cultural Centre


Irish Diaspora Foundation


Irish Elderly Advice Network


Irish Film London


Irish Heritage Foundation


Irish Heritage Limited


Irish in Britain


Irish Literary Society


Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL)


Irish Network Stevenage


Irish Pensioners Choir


Irish Pensioners Forum of East London


Irish Repertory Theatre Co UK


Irish Tuesday Club


Kilburn Irish Pensioners Club


Lancashire Federation of Irish Democratic League


Leeds GATE


Leeds Horseshoe Throwers


Leeds Irish Health & Homes


Leeds St Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations


Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum


Lewisham Irish Community Centre


Lewisham Irish Pensioners Association


Liverpool Irish Festival


London Gypsy and Traveller Unit


London Irish Amateur Rugby Football Club


London Irish Centre


London Irish LGBT Network


Luton Irish Forum


Manchester Irish Education Group


Manchester Irish Language Group


Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association


Maya Centre, The


Milton Keynes Irish Centre


Mind Yourself


Momentum Care


Monica's Place


New Horizon Youth Centre


NOAH Enterprise


North Wales Irish Society


Northampton Irish Support Group


Nottingham St Patrick's Day Festival and Parade


Oxford Irish Society


Passage, The


Queens Park Senior Citizens Group


Safe Start Foundation


Sandwell Irish Society




Sheffield Irish Association


SIFA Fireside


Solace Women's Aid


South London Irish Association


Southwark Irish Pensioners Project


Southwark Travellers' Action Group


St Michael's Irish Centre


St Patrick's Festival Birmingham


St. Finbarr's Sports and Social Club


Streetwork UK


Traveller Movement, The


Tricycle Theatre Company Limited


Trip to Birmingham Tradfest Ltd.


Tuesday Club - Leeds Irish Centre


Tyneside Irish Centre LTD


Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Ltd


West Hampstead Women's Centre


York Irish Association


Young at Hearts Luncheon Club




 *Payment of grants is contingent on compliance by recipient organisations with all ESP administrative requirements.