A Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora should form an integral part of the Irish Governments new foreign affairs policy says Senator Mark Daly. This sentiment has previously been supported by the Tánaiste. Senator Daly commented “Ireland is one of the few countries with such a large diaspora community that doesn’t have a minister. This situation needs to be rectified.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs has begun a wide range consultation process and have invited any interested parties and stakeholders to have their say on what Ireland’s future foreign policy and goals should be. Any member of the public wishing to make a submission should do so before the 4th of February 2014 through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Submissions can be made in writing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 79-80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 or by email to ForeignPolicyReview@dfat.ie. Senator Daly is calling on the Irish living overseas and groups and organisations representing the global Irish community to also make submissions
Senator Daly, the Fianna Fail Spokesperson on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, will be making a submission along with his party to the Foreign Affairs Department’s Public Consultation on Ireland’s Foreign Policy.
Last summer Senator Daly published the first policy paper by any party on the area of the Irish Overseas and Diaspora. This paper can be viewed here.
List of some of the key proposals of the Fianna Fail policy on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora:
■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
■Honorary Consulars: The appointment of more ‘Honorary Consulars’ globally as advocates of Ireland and the global Irish community
More information on submissions can be accessed here.