Sunday 22 October 2017

Second Civic Forum gathers ideas from the globe

The Government reconfirms its commitment to work with and support Irish people across globe, says Diaspora Minister Joe McHugh

The inner courtyard of Dublin Castle. Photo: Getty
The inner courtyard of Dublin Castle. Photo: Getty

Joe McHugh

Last week, two years on from the launch of Ireland's first diaspora policy, I had the privilege of hosting the second Global Irish Civic Forum, held over two days in Dublin Castle.

The first Civic Forum took place in 2015. That was a time of renewal after the economic crisis. Today, in 2017, we are in a different time for Ireland and for the world. Having developed a strong and sustainable economic recovery, our people, at home and abroad, now find themselves facing a number of major challenges internationally.

In the face of those challenges, our partnership with the global Irish becomes not less important, but more.

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