FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Irish Ambassador HE Dan Mulhall Funds
London, UK – March 5, 2015 – His Excellency Dan Mulhall of Ireland has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Mulhall of Ireland is nominated for work on community engagement.
Promoting the welfare, business, and culture of the Irish community is a top priority for the Ambassador. Since his positing in September 2013, Mr Mulhall has associated himself with more than 30 local organisations in the United Kingdom that have a close link with the Irish community, providing financial support and hosting events at the embassy.
While Ireland is a small country with a population of 4.6 million people, a tenth of that figure live in Britain, many of whom are over the age of 60 who settled after the war. With additional problems of health and social exclusion, the embassy is operating a programme of support with a budget of £5m per year, offering financial assistance to members of the Irish community.
Under the leadership of Mr Mulhall, the embassy supports over 150 organisations particularly to those situated in industrial towns. On average, the embassy has supported small and informal organisation with £2k sponsorship to cover welfare and subsidised lunches and offered large organisations such as Irish in Britain with half a million pounds to conduct its works.
Mr Mulhall is very active in the Irish community and hosts a large number of events at the embassy solely for the Irish community. This also includes keeping close connections to the 5,000 Irish directors who have made their mark in the UK.
He has also set up a twitter account so that over 500,000 Irish-born individuals have better access to him who are not in a position to meet in person. The Irish Ambassador notes, “I see [social media] as a tool for communication. I want to use it to communicate with the Irish community, to create a community of Twitter followers who have an interest in Ireland, British-Irish relations and Irish community affairs.”
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”
Mr Mulhall is using modern tools as necessary to not only keep in touch with the Irish Diaspora but offers solid support to members less able to ensure that social exclusion is limited.
Join HE Dan Mulhall and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.
Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards
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