The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting those at home and abroad to contribute to a review of Ireland's engagement with the Diaspora.
At the Third Global Irish Economic Forum, the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore announced it would undertake the review of their Diaspora Policy and is interested to hear from anybody who is interested or affected by emigration or has wider questions of engagement with the Diaspora. They wish to examine 'how the Diaspora can continue to feel connected and actively engaged in the development of Ireland, economically and socially.'
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 kinship.
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. "
Among the Policy areas for consideration in the review are:
However, this is not an exhaustive list and all views will be well received.
Details of how to make submissions can be found on their consultation paper .