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

 

Over 40 MPs and Peers 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 acts as the Secretariat. 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. We are active in maintaining links with political parties, the Irish Embassy and Irish councillors. Additionally, we provide support for Travellers Movement and Gypsy/Roma group issues.

The APPG also host an annual St. Patrick’s Day reception, as well as other year–round activities, which the Secretariat help support.

Purpose 

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 – Truth and Past 

* 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

Or 

FAO: APPG on the Irish in Britain, 

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

E–mail APPG Secretariat here

The Officers are: 

 

Officers

Role

Name

Party

Chair & Registered Contact

Conor McGinn

Labour

Vice Chair

Maria Caulfield

Conservative

Vice Chair

Martin Docherty–Hughes

Scottish National Party

Vice Chair

Baroness Harris of Richmond

Liberal Democrat

Vice Chair

Chris Ruane

Labour

Officer

Baroness O’Cathain

Conservative

Officer

Karin Smyth

Labour

Officer

Vicky Ford

Conservative

Officer

Carol Monaghan

Scottish National Party

Officer

Lord Dubs

Labour

Officer

Lord Wigley

Plaid Cymru

Officer

Sir Peter Bottomley

Conservative

Officer

Mr Pat McFadden

Labour

Officer

Conor Burns

Conservative