Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Emigrant Support Services
128. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if all recommendations from the report published on addressing barriers facing returning Irish emigrants have been implemented; if not, the outstanding recommendations; when he expects them to be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30663/19]
The Interdepartmental Committee on the Irish Abroad has dedicated its work stream over the past year and a half to evaluating and, where possible, implementing the thirty recommendations contained in the Indecon Economic Report on Addressing Challenges Faced by Returning Irish Emigrants.
Of the 30 recommendations, 20 have been addressed. Of the remaining 10 areas, 8 have been partially addressed or are pending further policy development. 2 recommendations were not accepted.
Perhaps the most beneficial among the recommendations that have been addressed is the development of a single window information service for returning Irish emigrants. This information is currently available on the Global Irish section on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and will shortly be replaced by information on the website of the Citizens Information Board. This service allows returning Irish emigrants to plan more effectively for their move back home.
The work carried out to date to address the Indecon Report recommendations has resulted in an improved environment for returning Irish emigrants, although it should be noted that challenges still remain, including the need to ensure effective implementation of recent policy changes.
The Interdepartmental Committee on the Irish Abroad, at its meeting in July 2019, will discuss progress that has been made over the course of its work dedicated to addressing the recommendations contained in the Indecon Report. A summary of this progress will be made publicly available in the autumn.