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SENATOR MARK DALY, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA. POLICY PROPOSAL FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA. CONTENTS,Foreword 02,Key Proposals 02,Introduction 03. Consultation and Thanks 05,Minister for Diaspora Affairs 06. Voting Rights 15,Citizenship 18,International Education 22. Economic Development 24,Irish Culture Abroad 26,Tourism 28.
Honorary Consulars 29,Conclusion 31,Glossary 32,Bibliography 32. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SENATOR MARK DALY SPOKESPERSON FOR THE IRISH. OVERSEA S AND DIASPORA AND MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE . SENATOR DALY CONTINUES TO WORK WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BEHALF. OF THE 50 000 UNDOCUMENTED IRISH IN THE US, SENATOR MARK DALY. SPOKESPERSON FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA 01. POLICY PROPOSAL FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA. FOREWORD, Article 2 of the Constitution of Ireland. It is the entitlement and birthright of every person born in the island of. Ireland which includes its islands and seas to be part of the Irish Nation That. is also the entitlement of all persons otherwise qualified in accordance with. law to be citizens of Ireland Furthermore the Irish nation cherishes its. special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its. cultural identity and heritage , Since the Irish Constitution was adopted in 1937 those in the North the Irish living. overseas and the Diaspora have been considered to be an integral part of the Irish Nation . I am proud to be the first spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora in the. history of the Oireachtas Fianna Fa il was the first party to publish a policy specifically. aimed at those Irish Overseas and those of Irish Heritage This fourth edition includes new. ideas and concepts after widespread consultation with the global Irish . By addressing issues facing the Irish Overseas and Diaspora as a country we will enhance. the relationship between Ireland and the global Irish community . The proposals in this paper are designed to greatly enhance the role that our country and. government plays in fostering relationships interacting with and supporting the global Irish. community , KEY PROPOSALS FOR THE, IRISH OVERSEAS DIASPORA .
Voting Rights A key priority is continue to campaign to extend voting rights to. citizens of the Irish Nation outside of the State which will increase interest in Irish. politics across the globe , Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora As the first political party to appoint a. spokesperson and subsequently form a policy for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora . Fianna Fail was the first party to call for the creation of a Ministry for the Irish Overseas. and Diaspora We acknowledge the government recognition of this important position. with the appointment of a dedicated Minister Our policy is to build on the initiatives. outlined below and in doing so engage with the global Irish community and represent. their interest in Ireland , Citizenship Promote and expand the rights of Irish citizenship to the Irish. Overseas and the Diaspora which will allow the millions of citizens with Irish ancestry. to re establish their ties with their homeland and formally identify themselves as. being of Irish Heritage , Diaspora Investment Develop investment links with the Irish Diaspora and encourage. the global Irish community to invest in their homeland Identify the next generation of. business leaders and opinion formers , Irish Card Introduce an Irish Card which will provide various benefits for cardholders. such as scholarships for international students and visa free travel for business and. tourism , Honorary Consulars Recognise the need to appoint Honorary Consulars across the.
globe as advocates of Ireland and the global Irish community . Inter Parliamentary Relations Continue to forge relationships and open channels. of communication with other governments whose nations have a strong Irish. Diaspora presence , Education Promote Irish educational institutes abroad by increasing access to. third level education in Ireland for passport holders the Diaspora and those with. an affinity for Ireland , Pursue our proposal now under discussion of an educational travel program to bring. young people with Irish heritage to Ireland to experience its culture history and. environment , Culture Increase support for Irish sport music dance and art overseas by. encouraging Irish cultural initiatives to spread across the globe . Tourism Promote tourism among the Diaspora by offering educational travel. programs for adult Diaspora , 02 SENATOR MARK DALY. SPOKESPERSON FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA, POLICY PROPOSAL FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA.
INTRODUCTION, There are approximately 70 million people of Irish heritage living overseas as well as 1 2. million Irish born citizens living overseas The issues of the Diaspora are currently handled. by the Minister for Diaspora Affairs and the Irish Abroad unit in the Department of Foreign. Affairs and Trade The Irish Constitution states that . the Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad. who share its cultural identity and heritage , Fianna F il welcomes the appointment of the Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora . In our fourth policy document we propose a number of initiatives regarding the Irish Dias . pora the Irish Overseas and the Irish in the North of Ireland . Recognition of the importance of the appointment of a designated Minister is reflected in a. number of statistics regarding the size of the global Irish community . Historically For every 2 persons born in Ireland today 1 emigrated . According to the OECD Ireland has the highest share of nationals living abroad in. the OECD countries More than 17 of Irish born persons aged 15 and over lives. overseas , Between 1842 and 1920 the Irish population decreased from 8 2 million to 4 2 million. with approximately 3 million people emigrating from Ireland. Significant waves of emigration in the 1950s and 1980 s. 304 800 Irish emigrants between 2006 and 2015, 29 increase in number of Irish emigrants every year from 15 300 in 2006 to 46 500. in 2012 with the highest peak in 2013 at 50 900,Senator Mark Daly.
Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, SENATOR MARK DALY WITH SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE PAUL RYAN AND HEAD OF. THE IRISH LOBBY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM CIARAN STAUNTON DISCUSSING. THE 50 000 UNDOCUMENTED IRELAND, SENATOR MARK DALY. SPOKESPERSON FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA 03. POLICY PROPOSAL FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA. NET EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND 1850 1999, IRISH EMIGRANTS PER YEAR 2006 2012. As displayed by the graphs significant numbers of Irish citizens have been emigrating for. the past three centuries and while net emigration consistently decreased during the latter. part of the 20th century there has been a sharp increase in emigration over the last 7 years . As a result Ireland has a diaspora of more than 70 million people and at least 1 2 million. Irish born citizens living overseas The Irish nation truly cherishes its special affinity with. people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage . 04 SENATOR MARK DALY, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA. POLICY PROPOSAL FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA. CONSULTATION AND THANKS, This document is the result of an intensive consultation process We are grateful for the.
experience expertise and ideas shared with us by individuals and organisations that are. currently doing excellent work in the field of engaging with the Irish Overseas and Diaspora . From the 18 20 September 2009 the Fianna F il led Government hosted the first Global. Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Ideas from that and the subsequent forums have been. incorporated into this document including the latest Global Irish Economic Forum held from. the 19th to the 21st of November 2015 , On the 14th and 15th of May 2013 Senator Mark Daly attended the European Strand of. the Global Diaspora Forum hosted by the Irish International Diaspora Centre Trust Speak . ers included Kingsley Aikins CEO of Diaspora Matters Kathleen Newland Co Founder. of Migration Policy Institute Gidi Mark CEO of Taglit Birthright Israel Tim O Connor . Chairperson of The Gathering Ireland 2013 Itayi Viriri International Organisation for. Migration and many more Ideas from that forum have been incorporated into this. document as well , Special thanks to Kingsley Aikins CEO of Diaspora Matters for all of his input and. contributions to this document , Special thanks to Grace Coyle Sadhbh Deegan Patrick Butler Anne Daly Greg Malloy . Leanne Connell Andrew Walsh and Jack Lahart for all of their contributions to this policy. paper , Also for his assistance and advice in composing this document I wish to acknowledge. former Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Dermot Ahern . SENATOR MARK DALY, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA 05.
POLICY PROPOSAL FOR THE IRISH OVERSEAS AND DIASPORA. MINISTER FOR DIASPORA AFFAIRS, July 2013 Fianna Fail released the first Policy on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora by. an political party, October 2013 T naiste Eamon Gilmore calls for the Irish Abroad to be given their own. Minister, March 2014 Sinn Fein released their Policy on the Global Diaspora they also called for. the Appointment of a Minister for the Diaspora , July 2014 The Taoiseach appointed the first Minister for Diaspora Affairs. For this reason we particularly welcome this appointment which was one of our key. proposals , Based on the recognition that Ireland s greatest asset is its people Fianna F il will.
continue to build on its initiative outlined in the first policy paper in which we called for the. appointment of a Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora as part of the Department of. Foreign Affairs and Trade , We will promote the affinity those of Irish heritage have for Ireland by protecting and. promoting the rights of the Diaspora and the Irish living overseas by stimulating political . economic educational and cultural interaction between Ireland and the global Irish. community , While many government departments have some engagement with the global Irish. community to a degree we in Fianna Fail were first to recognise the need for a dedicated. Minister with the capacity to coordinate policy and action According to a review conducted. in 2010 by the International Organization for Migration and the Migration Policy Institute . there are 43 countries with either Ministry Level or Subministry Level Diaspora Institutions. and more than 400 institutions in 56 countries that are directly engaging Diasporas. though various programs and policies Of these institutions 77 were created specifically to. engage Diasporas on a formal basis , At 70 million strong Ireland has one of the largest Diasporas in the world and we have. been a diasporic people for a great part of our history Previously our emigrants were a. sign of our failure but now they symbolise our future We called for the appointment. of a Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora with responsibility for developing and. maintaining links with the Diaspora Our vision was and continues to be that this Minister. ould be appointed with the purpose of fostering a mutually beneficial relationship. between Ireland and the global Irish community , The Minister for Diaspora Affairs has been allocated a total budget of 11 6 million in. budget 2016 through the Emigrant Support Programme with additional funding being. allocated to the Department of an Taoiseach for diaspora relation expenditure . A new National Strategy is called Global Irish was produced in March 2015 and while we. welcome this review and encourage the research into the role of Minister for the Diaspora. Affairs we believe the role should be expanded , Fianna Fail believes The Minister for Diaspora Affairs should include .
Ensuring Votes for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora. The work of the Irish Abroad and Global Irish Network Unit and the Promoting Ireland. Abroad Division within the Department of Foreign Affairs. Communicating and coordinating with government departments on matters. concerning the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, Providing aid and assistance to the Irish overseas and Diaspora directly affected by. any major disaster, Offering assistance to the Irish overseas particularly the youth of Ireland who have. emigrated in recent years, Creating and regulating a registry containing the Irish Overseas Irish Diaspora and. Irish organisations in every country state city and province with an Irish presence. to allow for two way communication between those at home and the global Irish. community, Assisting the more than 100 000 Forgotten Irish living in Britain through the support. of the Safe Home Programme This programme which is funded by the Department. of Foreign Affairs and Ireland Funds assists older Irish born emigrants who have been. living in rented accommodation abroad unable to provide accommodation from their. own means savings and capable of independent living to apply for housing it is also. an information and advisory service for anyone considering the move to Ireland and. aimed at those Irish Overseas and those of Irish Heritage This fourth edition includes new ideas and concepts after widespread consultation with the global Irish By addressing issues facing the Irish Overseas and Diaspora as a country we will enhance the relationship between Ireland and the global Irish community

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