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Minister Deenihan visits Irish diaspora in Scotland

Diplomatic Relations, Funding, Irish Abroad, MoS Jimmy Deenihan, Press Releases, Great Britain, 2015


Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will visit Scotland today (Wednesday) for discussions with the Irish community in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Minister Deenihan will also meet Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs while in Edinburgh. This will provide an opportunity for Minister Deenihan to thank the Scottish authorities for the assistance provided to the family of Karen Buckley.

Speaking ahead of his visit Minister Deenihan said:

“I am very conscious that my visit comes at an extremely difficult time for the Irish community in Glasgow, and indeed the whole of Scotland, following the tragic death of Karen Buckley. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Scottish authorities for all the assistance provided to the Buckley family at a time of such unimaginable grief."

On Wednesday Minister Deenihan will be in Glasgow and will meet with organisations working with the Irish community including Conradh na Gaeilge, GAA, the Irish Heritage Foundation and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. These organisations all receive funding under the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the Irish community in Scotland. As the first Minister for the Diaspora it is vital that I engage with all sectors of the Irish community abroad.”

While in Edinburgh tomorrow Minister Deenihan will also visit the Diaspora Studies Centre at the University of Edinburgh and will host a breakfast meeting for key Irish business contacts in Scotland. The visit is Minister Deenihan’s first to Scotland since his appointment as Minister for Diaspora Affairs.

Press Office
22 April 2015

Note to Editors:

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) provides funding to not-for-profit organisations and projects to support Irish communities overseas and to facilitate the development of more strategic links between Ireland and the global Irish.
  • The key objectives of the ESP are to support projects and initiatives that address the needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable Irish emigrants; enhance access for Irish emigrants and Irish community organisations to local statutory and voluntary services; foster a more vibrant sense of community and Irish identity amongst the Irish abroad; and encourage closer links between Irish communities abroad and Ireland, to the benefit of both.
  • Since 2009, the Programme also supports projects aimed at creating practical results orientated links between Ireland and the global Irish, and projects that emerged as a consequence of the Global Irish Economic Forum and its follow up. In the past ten years over €114m has been disbursed from the Emigrant Support Programme in grants.
  • In 2014 funding totalling €144,244 (£114,470) was provided to organisations based in Scotland.