Society members meet new Minister

L to R Theresa Perkins, Jimmy Deenihan TD and Siobhan Gorman

L to R Theresa Perkins, Jimmy Deenihan TD and Siobhan Gorman

Sandwell Irish Society was pleased to receive an invitation to attend a reception hosted by Ambassador Mr. Daniel Mulhall at the Embassy of Ireland in London recently and meet the Minister for the Diaspora, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan TD on his first official visit to Britain.

The event, which was attended by Mrs. Siobhan Gorman, Manager of the Society and volunteer Mrs. Theresa Perkins, was to announce details of grants awarded to Irish community organisations in the UK through the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme.

Mr. Deenihan paid tribute to the vast amount of work done and services delivered every day by Irish organisations to support members of the Irish community in a variety of ways. He also spoke of the current review of the Government’s Diaspora policy being undertaken by his Department, to see what other things they could be doing to better engage with the Irish community abroad and how established programmes can be delivered in a better way.

Mr. Deenihan thanked representatives from Irish community organisations who were present and acknowledged that their work makes a profound difference to the quality of life experienced by thousands of Irish emigrants in this country. He then took the opportunity to meet and chat to many people and pose for a photograph with Siobhan and Theresa.

For further details about the work of the Society, please contact Siobhan on 0121 553 4402 or email her at: sandwellirishsociety@yahoo.co.uk – she will be pleased to hear from you.