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Diaspora Policy

Ireland is fortunate in having a diaspora of 70 million people around the world. Our relationship with this global community is something we should cherish and celebrate. Global Ireland: Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025 – the Government’s plan to double our international presence - commits us to introducing a new diaspora policy in 2020. This new policy will guide Ireland’s engagement and relationship with our diaspora: our emigrants, our citizens abroad, those of Irish heritage and those who feel an affinity with Ireland around the world.


The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, T.D., has launched a public consultation process to inform the new policy. It is important that as many voices as possible are heard, from partner organisations and community bodies to individual members of the public at home and abroad. All who hold a view on the future of our diaspora policy are encouraged to participate.

How can I participate in the Irish diaspora policy consultations?

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., will host a series of open consultations around Ireland in the coming months. 

  • 15 May – Dublin: Register
  • 20 May – Letterkenny: Register
  • 27 May – Cork: Register
  • 1 July – Co. Kerry: Register
  • 8 July – Co. Mayo: Register

Alternatively, you can find information on how to send written submissions in this documentThe deadline for the receipt of written submissions is 30 June 2019.

What do we want to know?

In a changing world, how do we continue to connect with people who feel a connection to Ireland? How can we support and strengthen the connections with established Irish communities abroad? How are Irish communities changing? How will they want to connect with us? Who are the people that we want to connect with and how do we maintain our relevance to them? These questions represent both a challenge and an exciting opportunity. We must evolve and respond to the changing needs of our diaspora communities, for the benefit of all Irish people, at home and abroad. We want to hear your views on how we can improve our support for, and connections with, the Irish diaspora around the world.

Photo taken from the Public Consultations

Related Documents 

Global Ireland 2025

Global Irish – Ireland’s Diaspora Policy

Global Irish Policy review