Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Diaspora, Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has called on the Irish Government to do more to tackle inequalities being experienced by the Irish abroad.
Speaking after a meeting with Dr. Mary Tilki, Chair, and Jennie McShannon, CEO, of ‘Irish in Britain’ emigrants representative organisation, Ó Clochartaigh saID:
“Our emigrants are facing significant challenges which must be addressed.
“These were highlighted to me today by the ‘Irish in Britain’ organisation. They relate to health needs, people encountering cultural barriers as well as providing support to both new and older Irish emigrants and their social, health and economic issues.
“The voices of emigrants need to be heard more clearly in the Irish political institutions. The voting rights of the diaspora and representation in the Dáil & Seanad are key issues for them which must be addressed in a meaningful way.
“We also need to address challenges to Irish emigrants who wish to return home, particularly in relation to social welfare, housing and employment rights. We also need to support our people seeking to work in Britain and other countries so that practical issues around qualifications and working permits can be resolved.
“We must ensure as well that organisations like ‘Irish in Britain’, which are providing vital support for our citizens abroad, are given the resources they need to be able to continue providing and developing the vital services they deliver.”