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SPEECH BY MAYOR OF CLARE AT IRISH REFUGEE COUNCIL EVENT ON JUNE 23RD 2010

“Ladies and Gentlemen, a chairde of léir,

I am delighted to be here today to join with you in launching three new language versions of the ‘Welcome Orientation Pack’.

We are also here today to recognise those who completed basic information provider courses in 2009 and earlier this year.

I would like to start by commending the work of the County Clare Multi Agency Steering Group and its partner agencies over recent months.

By providing continuous access to up-to-date and relevant information, the Group has ensured that people arriving in Clare from other parts of Ireland or from another country can obtain appropriate services and entitlements.

The progress made by the group in developing the orientation pack and rolling out its courses is timely and appropriate considering this year marks the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, which aims to raise public awareness of poverty and social exclusion.

The European Year is a wonderful opportunity for local and voluntary organisations to promote and showcase their work on social inclusion issues.

From speaking to some of those who have taken part in the basic information provider courses and have used the information packs, I can say clearly see that great progress is being made on tackling social exclusion issues.

I understand the importance associated with providing support services to marginalised members of the local community.

Last November, I had the honour of launching the ‘Welcome Orientation Pack’, which was made available initially in English, French, Arabic and French.

The new editions of the pack provide the same invaluable information in Czech, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.

By making the resource available in more languages, the County Clare Multi Agency Steering Group is fulfilling its role of providing relevant and timely information on a wide range of issues, including accommodation, training and employment, health and education.

I wish you the best of luck in your continued work of informing and engaging with Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the broader immigrant communities in Clare.

It now gives me great pleasure to present certificates to those who completed the two provider courses in 2009 and earlier this year.

On behalf of Clare County Council, I would like to congratulate each and every one of you.

I also wish to acknowledge the role played by the Citizens Information Service in Clare and the Immigrant Support Centre in organising these courses.

Thank you,

CLLR. TONY MULCAHY

MAYOR OF CLARE