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Minister for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon, T.D.
Welcome to the October Global Irish Newsletter.
The last few months have a busy period and I have been fortunate to have visited Irish communities in America and Britain. I also have a full schedule of events ahead and it is my goal to meet more Irish communities no matter where they are in the world.
I and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have also been busy responding to input received from Irish organisations and from the second Global Irish Civic Forum. As such, over the last few weeks, I was pleased to be able to launch the first Diaspora Directory and at the same time approve funding for a record number of applications for the Emigrant Support Programme. There is still much to do in the months ahead and to keep up to date on this work follow us on Twitter or visit the Global Irish Hub.
Following on from commitments at the second Global Irish Civic Forum, Irish Abroad Unit have launched the first edition of the Global Irish Diaspora Directory.
In total there are over 360 organisations listed in this Directory, comprising all organisations that have been funded in the last five years by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Emigrant Support Programme. In addition, any organisation that was represented at the 2015 and 2017 Global Irish Civic Forums is also included in the Directory.
For this first time online passport renewal is accessible no matter where you are in the world – all you need is a connection to the internet. This means Irish diaspora who live around the globe can now expect the same passport service as Irish citizens living in the State.
If you are an Irish citizen (over 18), living outside of Ireland and have held an Irish passport you can apply online for a renewal for a Passport Book or Passport Card. This process is fast and secure and can be completed on a mobile device or desktop.
The annual Science Foundation Ireland St Patrick's Day Science Medal competition is now open for nominations.
This medal is a national recognition of the achievements of individuals who are of Irish citizenship, descent or those who have a strong and enduring connection to Ireland. The medal is traditionally awarded by the Taoiseach in Washington D.C. as part of the official St. Patrick's Day programme in March.
The deadline for submissions is October 20th 2017.