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Minister of State McHugh announces over £4.7 Million in ESP Funding to Irish Community in Britain

Funding, Ireland, Irish abroad, MoS Joe McHugh, Press Releases, Great Britain, Ireland, 2016

 

Minister of State McHugh announces over £4.7 Million in Emigrant Support Funding for Irish Community in Britain

 - Over £4.7 million in grants under the Department’s Emigrant Support Programme provided to 108 organisations in Britain;

- Demonstration of the Government’s strong commitment to supporting our emigrants, particularly the most vulnerable, and the wider Irish diaspora community across Britain

 

The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Joe McHugh T.D., has today announced details of over £4.7million in funding for the Irish community in Britain. Grants have been provided to 108 organisations in support of a range of projects for which applications have been received through the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“I am delighted and privileged to announce the Government’s contribution to the great work being done all across Britain in support of our emigrants and the wider Irish community. My colleagues in Government and I are committed to supporting our emigrants and these grants of over £4.7 million under the Department’s Emigrant Support Programme is a clear demonstration of this strong commitment. The organisations we support offer invaluable assistance to our emigrants, especially the most vulnerable, through advice and welfare programmes. This funding is also important for supporting a vibrant and active Irish community Britain, the value of which has only been heightened as we face into challenging and uncertain times.

I warmly welcome the decision in Budget 2017 to maintain the level of funding for emigrant support worldwide at 2016 levels. This is a recognition of the great work Irish community organisations do and the Government’s wish to support this important work to the benefit of our emigrants living and working in Britain.”

Minister of State McHugh went on to especially mention those who volunteer across Britain, saying:

“I have already benefited from meeting many of the incredible volunteers who work tirelessly to support Irish communities throughout Britain and have seen first-hand the enormous contribution they are making in a spirit of warmth and care for others, such as those I met in the London Irish centre who provide such great solidarity for the elderly in their community.

The range of activities carried out across Britain by organisations is vast. I am thinking also of the great work done by ICAP (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) which I have been familiar with for many years. They work directly with many vulnerable members of the Irish community providing an invaluable service. In Glasgow I met with Conradh Na Gaeilge to see first-hand their great work to protect and promote the Irish language. Is léir go bhfuil dualgais orainn uilig an teanga a choimhéad agus a spreagadh.

I am looking forward to meeting many more of you in the coming months. You are an inspiration to us all.”

The Minister also spoke about the upcoming second Global Irish Civic Forum in February 2017 and reiterated his invitation to those working on the range of Irish Diaspora issues to attend, noting that discussions on topics such as the evolving needs of our communities, the potential of new technologies to facilitate a vibrant and networked Irish diaspora and Ireland’s place in a challenging and changing world promise to make for an interesting and productive two days for all involved.

ENDS
Press Office
26 October 2016

 

Note for Editors:

Emigrant Support Programme: Since 1984, the Irish Government has given financial support to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to Irish emigrants overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working through Ireland’s Embassy Network coordinates the provision of support to communities abroad and administers the programme.

The main focus for funding under the Emigrant Support Programme remains the frontline welfare service providers that support the elderly, and other vulnerable Irish emigrants. In more recent years the programme has also recognised the importance of strong and active Irish communities more generally, funding projects which foster a sense of community, promoting vibrant networks and a sense of Irishness among the Irish abroad. The Emigrant Support Programme funding year runs from 1 July – 30 June. Further details can be found on www.dfa.ie.

Approximately three-quarters of grants provided to Irish organisations in Britain are for amounts under £50,000.

Please see a list of organisations awarded 2016-17 funding:

Organisation

ESP Funding for 2016

Acton Homeless Concern Emmaus House and The Damien Centre

£30,000

Age UK Hillingdon

£12,500

Aisling Project

£95,000

Ashford Place (formerly CHC)

£143,000

Basingstoke Irish Society

£2,000

Bell Farm Christian Centre

£6,000

Benefits Advice Shop

£2,500

Birmingham Irish Association

£197,000

Birmingham Tradfest Ltd

£3,000

Bolton Irish Community Association

£5,000

Brent Centre for Young People

£18,000

Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS)

£112,500

Brian Boru Club

£19,000

Celtic & Irish Cultural Society

£13,600

Connection at St. Martins, The

£16,000

Conradh na Gaeilge, Glaschú

£36,400

Corby Irish Centre

£300

Corby Young At Heart Luncheon Group

£6,000

Coventry Irish Society

£60,500

Derby St. Patrick's Day Celebration

£2,000

Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland

£2,000

Emerald Centre, The

£57,000

Emerald Circle Club

£3,000

Emerald Senior Citizens Group

£3,600

Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music

£4,500

Felling Irish Association

£500

Friends, Families and Travellers

£25,000

Golden Shamrock Club, The

£8,500

Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association

£3,500

Halifax and District Irish Society

£4,500

Haringey Cultural and Community Centre

£128,000

Haslingden IDL Club

£4,000

Hibernian Society, The

£15,000

Huddersfield Irish Centre

£3,500

Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association

£4,000

IIBN Ltd (Irish International Business Network)

£40,000

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP)

£143,000

Innisfree Housing Association

£5,000

Irish Arts Foundation

£40,000

Irish Chaplaincy in Britain

£220,000

Irish Club Warrington

£8,250

Irish Community Care Manchester

£125,338

Irish Community Care Merseyside

£232,000

Irish Community Services

£209,000

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith

£120,000

Irish Diaspora Foundation

£59,000

Irish Elderly Advice Network

£100,000

Irish Film London

£10,000

Irish Heritage

£6,500

Irish Heritage Foundation, Glasgow

£44,000

Irish in Britain

£398,000

Irish Literary Society

£2,500

Irish Music and Dance in London

£12,500

Irish Pensioners Choir

£2,000

Irish Pensioners Forum of East London

£5,000

Irish Repertory Theatre and Film Company

£8,000

Irish Tuesday Club, Liverpool

£7,500

Irish Women's Survivors Support Network

£50,000

Jersey Irish Society

£3,500

Kilburn Irish Pensioners

£2,000

Lancashire Federation of IDL Clubs

£2,500

Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange

£45,000

Leeds Irish Health & Homes

£121,000

Leeds Horseshoe Throwers

£1,000

Leeds St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations

£6,500

Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum

£25,500

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

£51,000

Lewisham Irish Pensioners Group

£4,000

Liverpool Irish Festival

£10,000

London Gypsy and Traveller Unit

£79,500

London Irish Amateur Rugby Club

£6,500

London Irish Centre

£400,000

London Irish LGBT Network

£3,000

Luton Irish Forum

£106,500

Manchester Irish Education Group

£1,000

Manchester Irish Language Group

£500

Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association

£6,000

Maya Centre

£15,000

Milton Keynes Irish Centre

£10,200

Mind Yourself

£50,000

Monica's Place

£58,600

New Horizon Youth Centre

£35,000

NOAH Enterprise

£65,000

North Wales Irish Society

£4,000

Northampton Irish Support Group

£48,000

Nottingham St. Patrick's Day Parade

£5,000

Oxford Irish Society

£3,000

Passage, The

£35,000

Portsmouth Irish Society

£3,000

Safe Start Foundation

£75,000

Sandwell Irish Society

£34,500

SanKTus

£24,000

Sheffield Irish Association

£2,250

SIFA Fireside

£15,000

Solace Women's Aid (Camden Women's Aid)

£35,000

South London Irish Association, The

£3,500

Southwark Irish Pensioners

£127,500

Southwark Travellers Action Group

£53,500

St. Michael's Irish Centre

£45,500

St. Patrick's Festival Ltd. Birmingham

£8,000

St. Patrick's Tuesday Luncheon Club

£3,000

Streetwork UK

£20,000

Teeside Irish Society

£1,000

Traveller Movement, The (formerly ITMB)

£120,000

Tyneside Irish Centre

£14,000

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society

£31,500

West Hampstead Women's Centre

£5,000

York Irish Association

£3,000