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News article3 February 2022Representation in Ireland

Ireland and the European Union join in celebrating diversity: The European Commission Representation in Ireland launches its new Diversity Journal

Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD,  and the Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Barbara Nolan, have officially launched a collection of stories about the EU and equality and inclusion in Ireland.

Minister Thomas Byrne (centre) with Barbara Nolan to his left and Kay McCabe and Brian Doyle, Involve Meath traveller youth project, Maria Hegarty, Diversity Charter Ireland and Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce
From left to right: Maria Hegarty, Diversity Charter Ireland, Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce, Barbara Nolan, Head of the Commission Representation in Ireland, Minister Thomas Byrne TD, and Kay McCabe and Brian Doyle, Involve Meath Traveller Youth Project

Published by the European Commission Representation in Ireland, this Diversity Journal is inspired by the EU motto, United in Diversity, and tells the stories of how individuals, communities, organisations, and local and national authorities have worked with the EU to make Ireland a more open, equal and diverse society.

In this new publication, we learn about the extraordinary work happening in communities across Ireland that is connecting with and supporting key groups including young people, refugees and asylum seekers, and families in need. We hear how new and innovative services and projects are tackling isolation and mental health. We find out about programmes supporting women entrepreneurs and a new push for greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We also learn about Ireland’s role in an EU project to raise awareness of anti-LGBT hate crime.

These stories demonstrate the strong partnership between Ireland and the EU in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and bringing about positive change, with the support of European funding programmes, awards and initiatives.

Speaking at the launch of the Diversity Journal, Minister Byrne said:

“It is a huge honour to be involved in the launch of this important piece of work by the European Commission Representation in Ireland. It is fitting that this publication is coming as we begin to commemorate 50 years of Ireland’s membership of the EU. Free movement has changed the social fabric of our communities. Our society, culture, economy and even sport have all benefited from the richness new arrivals to Ireland have brought with them. This Journal is a wonderful celebration of that diversity.”

The Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Barbara Nolan said:

“Ireland has become more diverse, inclusive and equal. Membership of the European Union, and the EU’s commitment to tackling discrimination and promoting equality, have been important factors in this change. Equality and inclusion are common threads across EU policies and are vital to creating a prosperous Europe. We are stronger together as diverse societies when we are all valued and included. There is still much work to do in achieving equality for many groups. The European Commission under President Ursula Von der Leyen will continue to drive this agenda forward at European level.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this Diversity Journal. From the funding bodies, to the organisations working on the ground, to the individuals who were so open with their personal experiences. We are all the richer for hearing their stories.”

The Diversity Journal is available to download in English and Irish here.


Publication date
3 February 2022
Representation in Ireland