Skip to main content

Annual Report on Support for the Irish Abroad

Diplomatic Relations, Funding, Ireland, Irish Abroad, MoS Cannon, Press Releases, Global, Ireland, 2018


Annual Report on Support for the Irish Abroad


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today launched its first ‘Annual Report on Support for the Irish Abroad.’

This report details the range and depth of Government support for Irish communities and organisations around the world. In 2017 alone the Government allocated €12.5 million for projects supporting Irish communities and engaging our wider diaspora ranging from welfare supports in Britain and America to funding GAA clubs in Asia and the Middle East.

The report in particular sets out the figures for the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP). Established in 2004, the ESP has assisted over 530 organisations in 34 countries with grants totalling over €158 million. Grants have ranged from small amounts for grass-roots groups, to major allocations awarded to voluntary and community organisations operating on a large scale. In 2017 alone there was over 420 applications from more than 20 countries, requesting over €20 million worth of funding for the Programme's €11.6 million budget.

Commenting on the launch of the Annual Report, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D. said:

“This report demonstrates how the Government has put supporting our people centre stage when it comes to our global engagement. The Government is committed to assisting Irish communities around the world and through a comprehensive programme of targeted supports as well as Embassy and Consulate outreach, we are engaging with more and more people each year”

Commenting on today’s publication, Minister of State for the Diaspora, Ciaran Cannon T.D. said:

“Supporting and engaging with Irish citizens and people of Irish heritage, no matter where they are in the world, is a priority for the Government. This report showcases the depth and range of the Government’s continued support for these people and highlights the critical role that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade plays in this goal.”

You can download the report in full from the Global Irish Hub here.


Press Office

13 July 2018