An article published on IrishCentral.com (read it here) which mirrors my own sentiments on this matter. We must recognise Irish people living overseas and include them in the democratic process.
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Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora should be part of Ireland’s Foreign Policy Review says Senator Daly
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.
The two largest websites catering for the diaspora will merge into the one site, it was confirmed today.
WorldIrish.com and Irishcentral.com, which have over 2 million unique users a month between them, will now be known as IrishCentral.com
The combined site will have offices in New York and Dublin and will go live on 15 September.
Irish Central founder Niall O’Dowd said that the merger would allow the creation of an Irish “super-site”.
“We are delighted to join with John McColgan and the team at World Irish,” O’Dowd said. ” We believe the potential to create a super site worldwide for the Irish is very real.”
McColgan will become a director of the new site, as well as an ad advisor. He says that the merger offers World Irish an “exciting opportunity”.
“In a relatively short period World Irish has established a successful platform and this merger is a logical development to achieve greater global traction for the Irish diaspora.”
Click here to read the full article on the journal.ie
Senator Mark Daly was appointed as the first Spokesperson by any political party in Ireland for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora in 2012. Senator Daly has launched the Fianna Fáil policy proposals for the Irish Diaspora, to read this document, click: