Senator Mark Daly, the first spokesperson appointed by any political party to represent the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, has launched the first policy paper by a political party in Ireland regarding the Irish Overseas and Diaspora.
Some Key Proposals of the Policy
· Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora: Appointment of a Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora as part of an existing ministry with the focus of engaging with the global Irish community as well as to stimulate economic, technological and cultural advances in Ireland
· Voting Rights: Voting Rights for citizens of the Irish Nation outside of the state
· Citizenship: Expand the rights to Irish Citizenship
Senator Daly will continue to consult organisations involved with the Irish Overseas and Diaspora with the intention of improving and adding to the policy. “I would ask members of the global Irish community to read the policy and to contact me with ideas they have as to how Ireland can engage with those Irish citizens overseas and the Irish Diaspora. This policy is only the beginning of a new engagement with our citizens outside the state, our citizens overseas and those of Irish heritage. This will be an on-going process and we aim to continue to expand and improve the policy as new ideas come from our global Irish community.”
“It is Fianna Fáil’s belief that all parties should have both a spokesperson and a policy for the global Irish community. We also believe that all parties should commit to appointing a minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora at the next general election.”
Read More: FF Diaspora Policy Proposal 19 July 2013