Dublin is declared ‘A Welcoming City’
At the July meeting of Dublin City Council a resolution was passed declaring that Dublin should be known as a Welcoming City. The purpose of this resolution is to promote the concept that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors to the city and are vital to the success of their communities and to the city itself.
To mark this, on Thursday 14th September, 2017 at an event in Palace Street, Dublin 2, Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha launches a four-week Social Inclusion Programme of events to coincide with the adoption of this resolution.
“Inclusive communities become more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong”, said an tArdmhéara. “We in Dublin City Council are committed to developing the city as a place where those from all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds have a sense of belonging and pride and the opportunity to contribute to every aspect of city life. Is Cathair fáilteach í Baile Átha Cliath agus táimíd bródúil as sin.”
This resolution ties in with Dublin City Council’s Integration Strategy, where the City takes the lead in exploring opportunities to work on multi-agency initiatives with many partner organisations in the city.
Dublin City Council, through the Social Inclusion Section, has put together a month long calendar of events which take place throughout the city to celebrate diversity and to promote social inclusion. For details on this programme of events please see: http://www.dublincity.ie/socialinclusion
Speaking ahead of the event, Adrian Cristea, Chairman of the Interfaith Forum commented “Dublin City Interfaith Forum is delighted to support the resolution of Dublin City Council affirming the City of Dublin as a Welcoming City. This resolution compliments the Forum’s Interfaith Charter recently launched which encourages respect, tolerance and freedom to worship in your own tradition and made freely available to all people irrespective of their cultural or national origin.”
“The aim of the Social Inclusion Celebrations is to promote an awareness of social inclusion in the city and to positively influence the design and delivery of the City Council’s services”, said an tArdmhéara.
Pictures will be circulated to picture desks on the day by Fennell Photography
Notes to the Editor:
The month long programme of events includes:
Irish Sign Language Week:
Drumming Traditions of the World Workshops:
Hands-on energetic workshop where participants will learn to play traditional rhythms together on congas, djembes, bongos and dun duns.
Culture, Faith, Cohesion: Moving from Tolerance to Inclusion
Conference to raise of growing religious diversity in our cities and highlight the important contributions our faith communities make to civil society.
Dublin Comhairle na nOg
Showcase event to launch of video on Youth Homelessness.
Premiere of Sightless Cinema 2017
A programme of short radio plays in surround sound, where all the pictures will be in your head! Project is a lively mix, devised and performed by groups of blind and visually impaired people.
Voters Registration Awareness:
Promotion of migrants rights to vote in local elections. Information stand and workshop to extend and enhance the understanding of democratic engagement and participation.
“Memories and Melodies”
A musical tour of Richmond Barracks and experience the lost untold chapters of Irish History for older people.
Activities for adults with mental health difficulties.
“Dear Me”Postcard Campaign
Campaign to raise awareness in society of the challenges and difficulties of “coming out”.
Dublin Human Rights Festival:
Celebrating human rights in Dublin. Diverse series of workshops, talks, debates and exhibitions. Opportunity to engage with the audiences on issues such as women’s rights, LGBTI rights, refugee rights.
Text of Dublin City Council Welcoming City resolution:
A RESOLUTION OF DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL AFFIRMING THE CITY OF DUBLIN AS A WELCOMING CITY
WHEREAS, fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or place of origin, enhances the city of Dublin’s (“City”) cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness and overall prosperity for current and future generations; and
WHEREAS, the City has long been recognised as a hospitable and welcoming place where people, families and institutions thrive and the contributions of all are celebrated and valued; and
WHEREAS, the City is committed to continue building a welcoming and neighbourly atmosphere in our community, where all people, including immigrants are welcome, accepted and integrated; and
WHEREAS, community efforts that promote understanding and collaboration between long-time residents and foreign born community members are crucial to ensuring a welcoming environment; and
WHEREAS, the City encourages the business leadership, civic groups, other government agencies and community institutions and residents to join in a community-wide effort to expand prosperity and inclusion for all residents;
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED BY DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL THAT:
The City is hereby affirmed as a Welcoming City, helping to unite our community and ensure that all are welcome here.