Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen, has welcomed the launch of Global Irish, the first clear statement of the Government’s policy on the diaspora.
“This policy recognises officially, for the first time, the unique and important relationship between Ireland and its diaspora. Global Irish sets out actions to nurture and develop this relationship, and to engage the diaspora.
“The new Global Irish website contains a wealth of information for the diaspora on support services; living abroad; staying in touch; and returning home to Ireland,” said the Fine Gael Deputy.
Mr Breen said the policy contains a new Global Irish Media Fund to encourage media coverage of the diaspora. It also includes an alumni challenge fund for collaborative initiatives by Irish institutions to target their Irish and non-Irish graduates working internationally.
“It was also confirmed that there will be a fourth Global Irish Economic Forum to be held in Dublin in November 2015 and Ireland’s first Global Civic Forum, which will be held in June this year will bring together Irish community leaders and diaspora communities to discuss the challenges facing the Irish abroad.”