Launch of new Integration Strategy for County Kildare
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD to launch the 2020 - 2026 County Kildare Integration Strategy
Kildare County Council in collaboration with County Kildare LEADER Partnership (CKLP) and Kildare Integration Network are launching the 2020 – 2026 County Kildare Integration Strategy on Thursday the 30th of September at 11.00 am. Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD will officially launch the new County Kildare Integration Strategy at the online event.
The 2020 – 2026 Kildare Integration Strategy is the culmination of a lengthy consultation process comprising key agency stakeholders, local representatives and member groups from the diverse migrant population in Kildare and aims to support the inclusion of people from ethnic minorities and new communities living, working, or studying in County Kildare.
This is Kildare’s second integration strategy, the first covered the period 2014 – 2019 and was developed in recognition that society has changed, and Kildare wanted to ensure a more inclusive and integrated society for all who made Kildare their home.
According to the 2016 Census, within Kildare, 23,333 people described themselves as non-Irish nationals, 10.6% of the county’s population. In the same census, the total population of Kildare was recorded as 220,693, a 64.8% increase from 1996 – 2016. The population growth and societal changes in Kildare highlight the importance of a comprehensive integration strategy to support and facilitate an inclusive and integrated society.
Development of the new Integration Strategy was overseen by the Kildare Interagency Integration Committee chaired by Cllr. Aoife Breslin with close collaboration and co-funding between Kildare County Council & CKLP. The process was facilitated by Sara Stephens in close collaboration with a Strategy Working Group. The Kildare Integration Network also played a key role in supporting community participation.
Joining Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD at the event will be Marian Higgins, Interim Director of Services, Economic, Community & Cultural Development, (Kildare County Council) Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil, Cathaoirleach, (Contae Chill Dara), Sonya Kavanagh, Interim Chief Executive (Kildare County Council), Cllr. Aoife Breslin (Chairperson of Kildare Interagency Integration Committee), Oluwabunmi Olaniran, Consultation Partner, Pat Leogue, Manager (County Kildare Leader Partnership), Norman Farragher & Kevork Gergees (Naas Mens’ Shed), Zoryana Pshyk, Chairperson (Kildare Integration Network), Consultation Partner - Laura Whelan (St. Conleth’s Community College, Newbridge) with music by Beth Kinyua, (County Kildare Leader Partnership).
Copies of the strategy will be available post launch.
Register to join the online event here - https://tinyurl.com/Kildare-Integration-Launch