Welcome to the December Global Irish Newsletter.
Let me first wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The year has flown by and looking back over my time as Minister for the Diaspora and International Development I would like to thank you all for your engagement on various projects and programmes that I have undertaken.
While I have met many Irish communities, and been impressed by them all, I know that there are many that I have yet to meet and in the year ahead I hope to travel further and engage with more Irish communities in new and innovative ways.
Is mise le meas,
Global Irish News and Events
2nd Edition of the Global Irish Diaspora Directory
Due to unprecedented demand we have developed a second edition of the Global Irish Diaspora Directory. This edition of the Directory has benefited from significant input from Irish Embassies and Consulates from around the world and the number of entries has increased from 360 to 769.
The increased number of entries not only represent even more Irish organisations around the world but reflects even more the breadth of locations and activity that Irish organisations are engaged in.
Back for Business Initiative
Minister of Cannon recently launched Back for Business, an exciting new initiative to support entrepreneurial activity among emigrants returning or recently returned to live in Ireland
What makes this endeavour unique is the skills and experience that returning emigrants bring. Irish people who have travelled, or spent a number of years out of the country, can bring exceptional entrepreneurial skills and experience which can greatly assist them in setting up a new business in Ireland..
The New Irish in Berlin
The Irish Embassy in Berlin hosted a large event in October under the brand, “Young Irish Berliners”. The objective of the event was to obtain a better insight into the new community and to establish if there was more they could be doing to serve this community.
The response to the event was hugely positive and more than 200 people participated on the night. This was beyond the expectation of the Embassy and demonstrated the real desire of new and young members of the Berlin Irish community to network with one another and build on the connections they are making.
Announcement of new Consulate in Vancouver
In October the Government announced that it would open a new Consulate in Vancouver in western Canada.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said that the new Consulate “…reflects the strength of the Ireland-Canada relationship, the growing economic importance of that region and also the fact that there is a large Irish community now living there.”
During a recent trip to Canada, Minister Paul Kehoe also made a formal announcement of the opening during an event with some members of the Irish community in Vancouver.