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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ireland and the Irish in Britain


Many MPs and peers from across the political spectrum are signed up to this group, which is active in raising awareness of issues affecting the Irish community in Britain at a parliamentary level.

The Chair of the All–Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain (APPG) is Conor McGinn MP and Irish in Britain works closely with it. We monitor parliamentary debates and reports and support the APPG on press and social media work.

We also provide MPs with information on community issues in their areas and provide information on the work of Irish in Britain member groups. You can find out more about the Irish populations of British constituencies through our Mapping the Irish project from 2019. We are active in maintaining links with political parties, the Irish Embassy and Irish councillors. Additionally, we provide support for groups like the Traveller Movement and Gypsy/Roma issues.

The APPG hosts year–round activities which we help support.


To raise awareness and represent within parliament the interests and concerns of the Irish community in Britain.

Core Objectives

Providing a community voice in Westminster.

* focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable

* supporting Irish in Britain & the wider community

* awareness of Irish public affairs – north and south

* promoting Irish culture & sports

Strategic Issues

To further devolution in Northern Ireland

* to build upon ever–closer relations between Britain and Ireland

* to support stronger North–South co–operation bodies

* to protect scrutiny and accountability for all public bodies

* to assist development of a global Diaspora strategy

Themes of APPG approach

To represent interests of traditional community and new migrants

* to celebrate sense of decency and the values we share, calling for recognition and inclusion at all levels of life in GB

* protecting and promoting links with home

* to highlight the hidden strengths of our community

* to harness power of the global diaspora

On These Islands

Under the theme ‘On These Islands’, the APPG work on the following areas:

Planning for economic recovery and pressing for jobs and investment

* best practice of human rights protection to inform all public bodies

* supporting the Haas process for reconciliation & a shared future

* dealing fairly with legacy issues

* assisting events to commemorate the Decade of Centenaries recognising environment & climate change as a British–Irish issue

Community contribution

The APPG seek to highlight the contributions that the Irish in Britain make to their communities. The Irish are providers of critical skills & powerful networks and as customers, they represent a diverse market sector. Irish businesses are investors in economic recovery, both at home and abroad and in philanthropy – the generosity of Irish giving is legendary. Irish migrants also act as willing ambassadors for Irish culture & crafts.

All Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain

FAO: APPG on Ireland and the Irish in Britain, c/o Conor McGinn MP

House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA


FAO: APPG on the Irish in Britain, 

Irish in Britain, Haringey Irish Centre (3rd Floor), Pretoria Road, London N17 8DX 

Get in touch about the APPG here

The Officers are: 






Chair & Registered Contact

Conor McGinn


Vice Chair

Martin Docherty–Hughes

Scottish National Party

Vice Chair

Baroness Doocey

Liberal Democrat

Vice Chair

Mark Logan


Vice Chair

Karin Smyth


Honorary Secretary

Sir Peter Bottomley


Honorary Secretary

Lord Dubs



Lord Brennan



Neil Coyle



Jon Cruddas


OfficerLord Davies of Stamford Labour 


Dave Doogan

Scottish National Party


Stephen Doughty

Labour (Co–op)


Jack Dromey



Lord Empey

Ulster Unionist Party

OfficerStephen Farry Alliance 
OfficerClaire Hanna Social Democratic & Labour Party 
OfficerBaroness Harris of Richmond Liberal Democrat 
OfficerBaroness Healy of Primrose Hill Labour 
Officer Lord Hendy Labour
OfficerSimon HoareConservative 
OfficerMike Kane Labour 
OfficerLord Kennedy of Southwark Labour 
OfficerAngus Brendan MacNeil Scottish National Party 
OfficerPat McFadden Labour 
OfficerHuw Merriman Conservative 
OfficerCarol Monaghan Scottish National Party 
Officer Lord Murphy of Torfaen Labour 
OfficerBaroness Northover Liberal Democrat
OfficerBaroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non–affiliated 
OfficerTanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Labour 
OfficerLord Stevenson of BalmacaraLabour 
OfficerCatherine West Labour