Westmeath Diaspora Strategy 2017-2021
Notice of Research and Consultation Westmeath Diaspora Strategy 2017-2021
In line with Global Irish – Ireland’s Diaspora Policy, Westmeath County Council is developing the Westmeath Diaspora Strategy 2017-2021.
Westmeath’s diaspora can play an important role in the county’s economic, social and cultural development. There are many people of Westmeath origin who live abroad but who have a sense of connection to their county of origin. The new strategy will identify how Westmeath can build relationships with its diaspora that will benefit local development and strengthen links between diaspora communities and Westmeath.
Research and consultation
In developing the strategy, Westmeath County Council wishes to gather views from people living in Westmeath and from Westmeath’s diaspora communities living overseas.
Online survey for Westmeath Diaspora
People living overseas who used to live in Westmeath or whose family are originally from Westmeath are invited to complete an online survey: WestmeathDiasporaSurvey
People living in Westmeath who have friends/relatives living abroad are invited to let them know about the online survey.
Two consultation meetings will take place:
Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar, on Wednesday 18th January from 6.00-7.00pm
Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, Moate, on Thursday 19th January, from 6.00-7.00pm
If you would like to attend a consultation meeting, please register here: WestmeathDiasporaWorkshops or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 044 933 2051.
Written submission can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to Diaspora Strategy Consultation, c/o Hugh O’Reilly, Senior Executive Officer, Community Development, Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar. The closing date for written submissions is Friday 27th January 2017.
About the strategy
The strategy will address where the focus should be on strengthening links with Westmeath’s diaspora communities, which includes different generations, numbers and locations. These can range from long-settled descendants of Famine-era emigrants in the United States, Argentina or Britain to the new families of the post-Celtic Tiger migration wave now living in Toronto, Perth or Dubai. The strategy will look at what types of initiatives or events diaspora communities may be interested in engaging with. It will also identify the most effective media and communications platforms.