Irish Government Support for Irish Communities Abroad

Maintaining and strengthening links with Irish communities abroad is a key priority of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a key part of the work of our Embassies and Consulates is to engage closely with those communities.

The high priority which the Government attaches to the interests of Irish emigrants was reflected in the establishment within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Irish Abroad Unit in 2004. This is a dedicated unit within the Department which coordinates the provision of services to Irish emigrants abroad. It administers the Emigrant Support Programme which provides financial support to voluntary and Irish community organisations engaged in the delivery of services to Irish communities, particularly to the most vulnerable in those communities.

Details of grants issued under the Emigrant Support Programme in 2012 are available in the related document section below.

Further information on the Emigrant Support Programme