With a global diaspora estimated at almost 70 million people, new mechanisms have been developed for some of the most successful Irish people overseas to connect with Ireland, and identify ways to contribute to Ireland’s continued recovery and economic development.
Following on from previous work done in the diaspora arena, Louth County Council is now focusing its attention on mobilising new people, building connections and engaging with high-achievers and industry leaders from our local diaspora to benefit local and regional development.
It is hoped that taking a more targeted approach to engaging with our county diaspora will benefit economic development and job creation in the county.
“The Government’s 2015 Global Irish diaspora policy created a strategic framework to support local initiatives aimed at connecting and engaging with our diaspora communities worldwide,” said Mary T Daly, senor executive officer, Economic Development, Louth County Council.
“The success of The Gathering in 2013 indicated the potential created in Louth for local initiatives and community enterprise to enhance and strengthen links and affinity between Ireland and our diaspora communities through tourism, culture and heritage.
“We now want to see how we can leverage our connections to create further jobs in the county.
“One of the main actions of Louth Economic Forum’s five year Foreign Direct Investment Plan 2015-2020 is to Identify and leverage the County Louth Diaspora to encourage mobile investments into the county.
“While Louth is already home to a number of multi-national companies, the LEF seeks to build a stronger Louth brand as a more competitive host location for FDI and intends to maximize on additional investment through the diaspora links which can be further developed with the assistance of IDA Ireland, Connect Ireland and other agencies.
Louth also has a strong base of indigenous companies with international profiles providing considerable employment opportunities in the county.”
This successful track record provides incentives for future diaspora - focused initiatives in attracting people back home.
Louth County Council is inviting everyone to contribute to the Louth Diaspora strategy.
Closing date for submissions Friday 25 November.
Observations can be filed via email to email@example.com. or posted to Mary T Daly, Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure, Louth County Council, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. A91 W20C.
Further information: Mary T Daly firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: 042 9392961
Note to Editors
Louth Economic Forum
The Council’s economic development policy is supported by the work of Louth Economic Forum (LEF), a group of multi-disciplinary stakeholders drawn from industry and business across the county. Chaired by former FORFAS CEO Martin Cronin, the LEF was established in 2009 to identify and promote the conditions conducive to job creation by targeting activities with economic development potential in a manner that would not be possible without the stakeholder partnership enabled by the LEF.
Our Irish Diaspora
The Irish diaspora comprises people of different interests, different beliefs, different reasons for being outside Ireland and holding different views of both Ireland and their host countries. It is young people and old people; those who have found success abroad and those who have not; those who have left Ireland by choice and those who left by compulsion; and those who were not born in Ireland but are descended from those who did. In addition, we also now include a growing number of people who have spent time living, studying and working in Ireland and then returned home to their home countries, often with Irish born children.