The Ambassador of Ireland to Australia, Noel White, has announced the decision of the Government to allocate financial support to 15 organisations across Australia under the Emigrant Support Programme.
Total funding this year for organisations in Australia alone amounts to over AU$590,000, an increase of over AU$100,000 on that provided in 2012.
Ambassador White commented:
I am delighted that the Emigrant Support Programme funding to Irish community organisations in Australia has been maintained, and indeed increased this year, despite the economic challenges at home.
Supporting Irish communities overseas, in particular the most vulnerable and marginalised members of those communities, is a priority for the Government.
The Emigrant Support Programme continues to be an important and practical expression of the Government’s commitment to Irish communities abroad.
The funding provided will help to ensure ongoing delivery of services for vulnerable members of the Irish community through frontline welfare organisations and it will help foster Irish identity within our community.
I welcome proposals for support under the Emigrant Support Programme and I would encourage Irish community organisations to visit the website (Department of Foreign Affairs) where the criteria for funding are set out.
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