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General of Ireland, San Francisco. In addition to
providing information on the services provided by the Consulate
such as applying for Irish citizenship, Irish passports and visas,
it is a source of information on Ireland and the United States and
the cultural, economic and other links between our two
countries. I hope you find the website and its
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Consul General of Ireland
Tánaiste Seeks Views On Future Policy Towards Ireland’s Diaspora
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr.
Eamon Gilmore T.D., has launched a public consultation process as
part of a comprehensive review of the Government’s engagement with
the Irish abroad.
Launching the review, the Tánaiste said:
‘Engagement with our diaspora is of enormous importance for
Ireland. Together, we have built economic links resulting in
trade, investment and tourism. Our engagement has played an
important role in efforts to bring a lasting peace to this
island. It has also deepened ties of culture and
The achievements of the diaspora, both those born in Ireland
and those who claim Irish heritage, have enhanced the profile and
reputation of Ireland in the world, and are a source of pride to
people in Ireland. We hope that our achievements here in
Ireland are also a source of pride to them.
The Diaspora is diverse, encompassing those who left in recent
years and the descendants of those who left 100 years ago, or more.
We want to hear from all of the Irish overseas.
While many Irish have found great success overseas, for others
it has been a challenging and difficult experience. The Department
of Foreign Affairs & Trade supports those in need overseas
through the Emigrant Support Programme.
We also engage with our diaspora through the Global Irish
Network and the Global Irish Economic Forum.
Engagement with the Diaspora, however, is not the domain of
Government alone. I know that local communities are becoming
increasingly active in engaging those who left and their
descendants. We also want to hear from these
As part of the review, the Department of Foreign Affairs &
Trade is inviting those at home and abroad who are interested in
and affected by issues of emigration, and the wider questions of
engagement with the Diaspora, to contribute their views. A
consultation document on the subject is available
Submissions should be made in writing and sent to the Irish
Abroad Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade via
, or by regular mail marked ‘Review of Diaspora
Strategy’ to the Irish Abroad Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs
& Trade, 79-80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is Wednesday April
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