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Flanagan highlights Partnership with Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas at Conference

Flanagan highlights Partnership with Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas at Conference

Minister Flanagan highlights Government Partnership with Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas at 30th Anniversary Conference

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, TD, delivered the closing address at the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (I.C.P.O.) today (Tuesday).

In his remarks, Minister Flanagan paid tribute to the Council on their work:

“I welcome this opportunity to reiterate our deep appreciation of the sensitive and effective work of I.C.P.O. Your work is of particular importance and value to those members of our community that are most at risk of exclusion.”

Minister Flanagan noted that Irish embassies and consulates, which deal with up to 2,000 consular cases annually, value the partnership of organisations such as the I.C.P.O. and the effective services they provide. He stated:

“…there is almost daily contact between I.C.P.O. officers with officials from my Department – in particular the Consular Division here in Dublin and Embassy London. For a small diplomatic service, having such an effective partner organisation as I.C.P.O. extends the outreach capacity of our Embassy network.”

Since 2003 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has, through the Emigrant Support Programme, provided almost €3 million in funding towards the Council’s services.

Minister Flanagan paid tribute to the I.C.P.O., thanking its staff “for working so closely over the years with my Department, both at home and abroad, as we assist these particularly vulnerable Irish citizens and their families.”

ENDS
Press Office
1 December 2015