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Saturday 20 September 2014

Action plan to make county more inclusive

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

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THE Integration Centre was commissioned by Louth County Council through the EU supported Louth Peace III Programme management to develop an integration strategy for County Louth.

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The strategy will be a long-term action plan on the priority needs of minority communities in Louth, to address their current challenges in order to advance their inclusion in the society.

The Integration Centre is calling on individuals from minority communities (Church of Ireland, Irish Traveller community, migrants, Asian community and Muslim Community), service providers, agencies, and organisations to attend one of the planning sessions, to make their voice heard and to document the needs of minority communities and what can be done to make Louth an inclusive and better place to reside.

Tinu Achioya, the co-ordinator of Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium (LMEC) said: 'We need the participation and support of Louth County Council members, the Garda Síochána, LMETB, Louth Leader Partnership, service providers and other local stakeholders in Louth.

'An integration strategy is important and it is long due in County Louth. The planning sessions are an opportunity to have an action plan to deal with the issues faced by minority communities living in Louth, and to advance positive relations and understanding between minority communities and the wider community to advance a peaceful and inclusive society here.

'You can also contact the Integration Centre if you want the organisation to arrange a separate planning workshop with your community between the month of July and the first week in August.'

For more information or to arrange a separate meeting for your community, contact: Tosin Omiyale, tosin@ integrationcentre.ie (087-2661347) or The Integration Centre (01-6453070).

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