Equality and Migrants

Several important initiatives were developed by the Equality Working Group to promote equality and inclusion

The mission of the IRD Duhallow Equality Working Group is to foster positive change for those experiencing inequality and creating a wider awareness of equality issues whilst building a commitment to addressing and mainstreaming equality issues in practice. Our core work focuses on gender, martial status, family status, age, disability and race. We promote equality to a fairer, tolerant and caring society where everyone can participate and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Treating people as individuals and placing positive values on diversity in the community and in the workplace are our priorities.

Several important initiatives were developed by the Equality Working Group for the Duhallow region as a mechanism to promote equality and inclusion:

Integration Activities

In conjunction with our centres the Equality Working Group organised a diverse range of intercultural social events including:

  • Music Sessions in Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel
  • Guided tours of the Sliabh Luachra Area
  • Participation in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Yearly Multi-Cultural Food Events
  • Integration Fun Days
  • Annual Multi-Cultural Community Days in Kanturk, Rathmore & Millstreet
  • Connecting Communities through sport
  • Training Supports & Information Initiatives

The Equality Working Group acknowledges the needs and challenges of the Immigrant Community in Duhallow, such as, lack of access to essential information, the language barriers, and adjustment into the new culture. These issues can be addressed through the following actions:

  • Business & English classes
  • Communication across language barriers
  • Banking information evening
  • Multicultural environmental awareness evening
  • Workshop about Polish culture, history and language
  • Interactive Polish classes

For further information on equality for migrants please contact 029-60633 or e-mail duhallow@eircom.net

IRD Duhallow migrant support has produced a welcome information pack for newcomers to the Duhallow area which can be downloaded below.

Duhallow Information Guide for Migrants in the area (English)

Duhallow Information Guide for Migrants in the area (Polish)

Duhallow Information Guide for Migrants in the area (Lithuanian)

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