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Minister of State McHugh announces over £4.7 Million in ESP Funding to Irish Community in Britain


Minister of State McHugh announces over £4.7 Million in Emigrant Support Funding for Irish Community in Britain

 - Over £4.7 million in grants under the Department’s Emigrant Support Programme provided to 108 organisations in Britain;

- Demonstration of the Government’s strong commitment to supporting our emigrants, particularly the most vulnerable, and the wider Irish diaspora community across Britain


The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Joe McHugh T.D., has today announced details of over £4.7million in funding for the Irish community in Britain. Grants have been provided to 108 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.

“I am delighted and privileged to announce the Government’s contribution to the great work being done all across Britain in support of our emigrants and the wider Irish community. My colleagues in Government and I are committed to supporting our emigrants and these grants of over £4.7 million under the Department’s Emigrant Support Programme is a clear demonstration of this strong commitment. The organisations we support offer invaluable assistance to our emigrants, especially the most vulnerable, through advice and welfare programmes. This funding is also important for supporting a vibrant and active Irish community Britain, the value of which has only been heightened as we face into challenging and uncertain times.

I warmly welcome the decision in Budget 2017 to maintain the level of funding for emigrant support worldwide at 2016 levels. This is a recognition of the great work Irish community organisations do and the Government’s wish to support this important work to the benefit of our emigrants living and working in Britain.”

Minister of State McHugh went on to especially mention those who volunteer across Britain, saying:

“I have already benefited from meeting many of the incredible volunteers who work tirelessly to support Irish communities throughout Britain and have seen first-hand the enormous contribution they are making in a spirit of warmth and care for others, such as those I met in the London Irish centre who provide such great solidarity for the elderly in their community.

The range of activities carried out across Britain by organisations is vast. I am thinking also of the great work done by ICAP (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) which I have been familiar with for many years. They work directly with many vulnerable members of the Irish community providing an invaluable service. In Glasgow I met with Conradh Na Gaeilge to see first-hand their great work to protect and promote the Irish language. Is léir go bhfuil dualgais orainn uilig an teanga a choimhéad agus a spreagadh.

I am looking forward to meeting many more of you in the coming months. You are an inspiration to us all.”

The Minister also spoke about the upcoming second Global Irish Civic Forum in February 2017 and reiterated his invitation to those working on the range of Irish Diaspora issues to attend, noting that discussions on topics such as the evolving needs of our communities, the potential of new technologies to facilitate a vibrant and networked Irish diaspora and Ireland’s place in a challenging and changing world promise to make for an interesting and productive two days for all involved.

Press Office
26 October 2016


Note for Editors:

Emigrant Support Programme: Since 1984, the Irish Government has given financial support 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

Approximately three-quarters of grants provided to Irish organisations in Britain are for amounts under £50,000.

Please see a list of organisations awarded 2016-17 funding:


ESP Funding for 2016

Acton Homeless Concern Emmaus House and The Damien Centre


Age UK Hillingdon


Aisling Project


Ashford Place (formerly CHC)


Basingstoke Irish Society


Bell Farm Christian Centre


Benefits Advice Shop


Birmingham Irish Association


Birmingham Tradfest Ltd


Bolton Irish Community Association


Brent Centre for Young People


Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS)


Brian Boru Club


Celtic & Irish Cultural Society


Connection at St. Martins, The


Conradh na Gaeilge, Glaschú


Corby Irish Centre


Corby Young At Heart Luncheon Group


Coventry Irish Society


Derby St. Patrick's Day Celebration


Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland


Emerald Centre, The


Emerald Circle Club


Emerald Senior Citizens Group


Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music


Felling Irish Association


Friends, Families and Travellers


Golden Shamrock Club, The


Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association


Halifax and District Irish Society


Haringey Cultural and Community Centre


Haslingden IDL Club


Hibernian Society, The


Huddersfield Irish Centre


Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association


IIBN Ltd (Irish International Business Network)


Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP)


Innisfree Housing Association


Irish Arts Foundation


Irish Chaplaincy in Britain


Irish Club Warrington


Irish Community Care Manchester


Irish Community Care Merseyside


Irish Community Services


Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith


Irish Diaspora Foundation


Irish Elderly Advice Network


Irish Film London


Irish Heritage


Irish Heritage Foundation, Glasgow


Irish in Britain


Irish Literary Society


Irish Music and Dance in London


Irish Pensioners Choir


Irish Pensioners Forum of East London


Irish Repertory Theatre and Film Company


Irish Tuesday Club, Liverpool


Irish Women's Survivors Support Network


Jersey Irish Society


Kilburn Irish Pensioners


Lancashire Federation of IDL Clubs


Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange


Leeds Irish Health & Homes


Leeds Horseshoe Throwers


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 LGBT Network


Luton Irish Forum


Manchester Irish Education Group


Manchester Irish Language Group


Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association


Maya Centre


Milton Keynes Irish Centre


Mind Yourself


Monica's Place


New Horizon Youth Centre


NOAH Enterprise


North Wales Irish Society


Northampton Irish Support Group


Nottingham St. Patrick's Day Parade


Oxford Irish Society


Passage, The


Portsmouth Irish Society


Safe Start Foundation


Sandwell Irish Society




Sheffield Irish Association


SIFA Fireside


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


South London Irish Association, The


Southwark Irish Pensioners


Southwark Travellers Action Group


St. Michael's Irish Centre


St. Patrick's Festival Ltd. Birmingham


St. Patrick's Tuesday Luncheon Club


Streetwork UK


Teeside Irish Society


Traveller Movement, The (formerly ITMB)


Tyneside Irish Centre


Tyneside Irish Cultural Society


West Hampstead Women's Centre


York Irish Association