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Minister of State Ciarán Cannon announces public consultation process Ireland’s new diaspora policy


First public consultation event will take place in Galway Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square on 15 April from 6:00pm


The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development,
Mr. Ciarán Cannon T.D., today announced the opening of a public consultation to inform the development of Ireland’s new diaspora policy.

The Government has committed to introduce a new diaspora policy in 2020 as part of Global Ireland 2015, Ireland’s plan to double our global footprint by 2025. The policy will guide Ireland’s support for and relationship with Irish people and Irish diaspora communities overseas.

Launching the consultations, Minister of State Cannon said:

“We have a special relationship with Irish people living abroad and with people of Irish heritage throughout the world.

Our new diaspora policy will seek to build on the many strong bonds of culture, family, and values which define the global Irish community.”

The consultation process will begin with a public consultation in Galway on 15 April and all interested members of the public are invited to attend. Further events will take place in Donegal on 20 May, in Cork on 27 May and in Mayo on 8 July. Further events will be held around the world by Ireland’s Embassies and Consulates to allow diaspora communities to contribute.



Commenting on the process Minister of State Cannon said:

“It is of great importance that our new diaspora policy is informed by a wide range of views. Nearly every person in Ireland has experience of emigration in some way and I would like to I invite all interested members of the public to attend our consultation events and to help shape Ireland’s future diaspora policy.”

Interested stakeholders and members of the public will also be able to send written submissions on the policy. Further information on the diaspora policy consultation process can be found at

Press Office
2 April 2019

Notes for Editors:

Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy, published in 2015, was the first written statement of Ireland’s diaspora policy.

Global Ireland: Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025, launched by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney last year, is the Government’s initiative to double the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint in the period to 2025. As a part of this programme the Government has committed to introduce a new diaspora policy in 2020.

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