Mayors Conference

Fingal County Council annual Mayor’s Conference, Immigration to Integration  looked at the both challenges and benefits of inward migration.

Fingal is one of the youngest and most diverse counties in Ireland – arguably one of the fasting changing urban areas in terms of ethnic diversity in Western Europe.

Over 85,000 individuals have become new Irish citizens since 2011 and many thousands of them now make their home in Fingal.

The impact of this has been largely very positive with new business ideas, cultural richness and languages now enjoyed and embraces throughout the county.

Young families from all over the world are making their homes in the rich and vibrant county that is Fingal.

There are, none the less many challenges that come with great change over a relatively short period of time.

Issues around education, health – including mental health, building strong new communities and cultural understanding are all very real ones for the new populations of rural and urban Fingal.

This conference explored and perhaps pointed towards solutions to these challenges into the future while celebrating the richness and variety of life in 21st century Fingal.

The Mayors conference took place on Tuesday 19th May 2015. Castleknock Hotel and County Club

View all of the action of the day by following the link:

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The conference had four main target groups;

  • both the newcomers and the established communities who are faced with the challenges of language, cultural and religious differences.
  • Community and voluntary groups who are addressing the challenges through their integration initiatives.
  • The agencies and statutory services providers that are working in that areas of immigration, asylum seekers, education or Integration.
  • Companies and enterprises

Conference Agenda

Speakers

The Mayors Speech; Mayor Mags Murray

An address by Minister of State for New Communities, Culture & Equality - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Drugs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin T.D

An address by the Fingal County Council’s Chief Executive, Mr Paul Reid 

 

The keynote speaker, CEO, writer, broadcaster and entrepreneur, Norah Casey examined the challenges of inward migration from a receiving community perspective. 

Other speakers covered the topics of Mental Health and Isolation, Education and Housing.

  • Dil Wickremasinghe, Social Justice and Mental Health Broadcaster, Journalist, Activist, Social Entrepreneur, Trainer, MC, Actor and Standup Comedian will talk about Mental Health and Isolation. (Dil was unable to attend due to the birth of her first baby)
  • Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo will focus on the education challenges of the inward migration and the school system.
  • David Silke co-author of Good Practice in Housing Management will discuss housing issues and challenges.
  • Shona Murray - journalist with Newstalk Radio, committed to the topic of sexual violence and use of rape as a tool of war, reporter on European Affairs for the Irish Independent, the Sunday Business Post, is a correspondent for Radio France International.  Shona regularly appears as a contributor to the Irish Current Affairs programmes.  

The Workshops Topic.

  • The Enterprise workshop covered the importance of integration in the workplace; the facilitators brought models best practice for discussion and gave the participants the opportunity to share their experiences in a facilitated session
  •  Workshop Facilitator: Fingal Local Enterprise Office
  • The Youth Workshop covered the challenges facing young people and brought examples of best practice for discussion and gave the participants the opportunity to share their experiences in a facilitated session
  • Workshop Facilitator: Youth Organisations
  • The Civic Engagement Workshop looked at methods of civic engagement through the Arts.

The facilitators brought models best practice for discussion and gave the participants the opportunity to share their experiences in a facilitated session.

Workshop Facilitator: Fingal County Council Arts Office 

  • The Education Workshop will look at educational challenges, school places, the requalifying requirements.

The facilitators brought models best practice for discussion and gave the participants the opportunity to share their experiences in a facilitated session.

Workshop Facilitators: Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown

Exposition of Community and Statutory Groups

Groups’ participating in the exposition included:

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Show Racism the Red Card

Sports Against Racism Ireland (Sari)

JIGSAW

Foroige

Failte Isteach

Fingal Irish Polish Intercultural Association (FIPICA)

Citizens Information Centre 

Immigration to Integration Press Release

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