The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has said that it hopes to take part in a competition – operated by Failte Ireland – to create a national diaspora centre.
One of the key deliverables of the Harbour Company’s master plan is the creation of a diaspora centre on the historic Carlisle Pier. Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland last week issued a call for ‘expressions of interest’ in delivering a national diaspora centre.
According to the CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, “The Fáilte Ireland call comes at a good time for Dun Laoghaire. We are now at the point of having assembled all ideas for the centre, including a sustainability plan, so we are absolutely ready to take part in the competition.
“In the event that Dun Laoghaire is selected, we would be in a position to market the Dún Laoghaire diaspora centre as the ‘national centre’ and this would obviously assist in marketing at a global level.”
Gerry Dunne was speaking at a lunchtime seminar today which was organised by DLHC on the issue of diaspora policy. The key issues arising from the seminar will be used to inform the Habour Company’s submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs public consultation on diaspora policy, which runs until 23rd April.
“The Harbour Company is acutely aware of the role which the harbour in Dun Laoghaire played in the lives of so many of our diaspora. Indeed, we were reminded of this at numerous points during last week’s State visit by the President to England.”
More information on the Dun Laoghaire proposal can be found here.