June 2015 Pobal & European Integration Fund

Pobal is a not-for-profit company that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU. One of them is the European Integration Fund that supports the integration of “third-country nationals” in member states. In Ireland, the fund supports integration, intercultural and interfaith projects at local and national level. For further information on projects currently or recently funded by the EIF, please see here

The list of Pobal Funding Programmes is available here

March 2015 Polska Éire Festival

To champion the diversity that Polish people bring to Ireland, PolskaÉire 2015 has been established as a nationwide festival to coincide with the UEFA Republic of Ireland vs. Poland qualifier on the 29th of March.

It is estimated that there are presently 150,000 Polish citizens living in the Republic of Ireland resulting in Polish becoming the second most widely spoken language on the island. Throughout the week there will be cultural and sporting events for everyone to take part. Further details can be found in the programme

February 2015 Publications on Integration Policy

Various publications on integration policy in the EU are available to download on the EU Bookshop website. This is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications in more than 50 languages, including the 24 official languages of the EU. To obtain a hardcopy of certain titles, you may have to pay a small fee. PDF and e-book versions are free of charge. The vast majority of titles on EU Bookshop are authored by EU institutions such as the European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the EU, EU agencies and other bodies. The list of the publications on immigrant integration is available here

January 2015 Minister Fitzgerald condemns the Paris shootings

Minister Fitzgerald condemns the Paris shootings and conveys condolences to the French Ambassador. "Today I spoke with the French Ambassador to Ireland and conveyed my sincere condolences over the appalling events which had taken place and expressed the hope that those who had been involved in such evil deeds will be brought to justice without further loss of innocent life” Minister Fitzgerald said. Click here for the speech in full.

Dáil Éireann Debate: Parliamentary Question on Migrant Integration

2nd December 2014

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald T.D.: “The Programme for Government contains a commitment to promote policies which integrate minority ethnic groups in Ireland, and which promote social inclusion, equality, diversity and the participation of immigrants in the economic, social, political and cultural life of their communities”