A Message from Minister of State Ciarán Cannon T.D.
Welcome to this latest edition of the Global Irish Newsletter.
As we enter the festive season, we in Ireland are reminded of the tremendous strength of goodwill that binds us together within the great global Irish community.
Although we may celebrate in many different places and in many different ways, this time of year represents an opportunity for all of us to reflect upon and give thanks for our enduring bonds of family and friendship.
This past year has seen a wealth of diaspora activity taking place around the world. I have had the privilege of visiting Irish communities in Britain, on the European continent, in Canada and the USA, and in Australia and New Zealand to hear the stories of Ireland’s emigrants and of their descendants. I have witnessed at first hand the cultural vitality of these communities, and I have been deeply moved by their sense of connection with Ireland and with our shared history.
The New Year will also bring an opportunity to reflect on the future of Ireland’s relationship with our diaspora. I look forward to launching Ireland’s new diaspora strategy, which will build on the outreach initiatives already in place, as well as reflecting, in a spirit of renewal and inclusivity, the many ways in which the needs of the contemporary diaspora are changing.
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi shonas daoibh go léir!
Ciarán Cannon T.D.
Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development
Presidential Distinguished Service Awards 2019
President Michael D. Higgins has honoured recipients of this year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad in a special ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Read More Here
Since 2006, Ireland’s Centenarian Bounty scheme has been open to Irish people living outside the state. Find Out More Here