IRELAND’S new Diaspora Minister has been announced following the formation of the new Government.
Colm Brophy TD will now have responsibility for the Irish diaspora around the world, and has already pledged to listen to and support Irish communities wherever they are found.
Speaking as he was announced as the new minister, Mr Brophy (above) said: “Strong Diaspora communities play a key role in helping to promote a positive awareness of Ireland, Irish culture and heritage around the world.
“My focus in the coming months and years will be to listen to, and to support, our Diaspora communities, particularly its most vulnerable members.”
With very particular concerns facing sections of the Irish community in Britain, such as the ageing population maintaining contact with home, the Irish community in Scotland can expect such concerns to be taken seriously by the new minister.
Mr Brophy will also work on Ireland’s international development programme, and expects the Irish role in the international response to Covid-19 to form central part of his duties.
“Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid, is held in very high regard,” he continued. “I’m looking forward to working with civil society, with the European Union and the United Nations, as well as Irish Embassies and partners in Africa, Small Island States and elsewhere to help deliver the promise of ‘A Better World.’
“Covid-19 reminds us of how our safety and development at home is linked to the safety and development of others abroad, and I want to work as Minister to ensure that Ireland plays a full role in the global response to the pandemic.”