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Building on the success of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in the past seven years, we are delighted to launch our 8th Festival which will celebrate the Year of the Sheep in 2015. DCNYF is committed to celebrating Sino-Irish relations showcasing Chinese culture and heritage to a new and wider audience while promoting integration. As we say farewell to the Horse, we enter 2015 with hope and encouragement for positive developments and improvements in the year ahead.
One City One People Campaign 2014
Dublin City Council's Office for Integration (OFI) will lead their fourth campaign focused on the city's immigrant population to promote inclusion, integration and to combat racism and discrimination. Titled One City One People the campaign will use a variety of mediums to promote the message that Dublin is an open city, a city which respects and embraces difference, is accessible, safe and equal and does not accept racism and discrimination.
This initiative is led by Dublin City Council's Office for Integration with the support of the Office for the promotion of Migrant Integration. It runs from April to June 2014 and features a key advertising campaign on all city transport networks with Transport Ireland and Immigrant Council of Ireland, a conference, seminars, A Migrant Voters Registration promotion campaign in advance of the Local and MEP elections in May, forums for discussion and debate and sports events and a concert at venues around Dublin City.
Giddy up into Dublin City and Celebrate the 2014 Chinese New Year
Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn will open the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) on the eve of Chinese New Year, Thursday, 30th January 2014, at 6.00pm. The opening ceremony will be held at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane with a special focus on some beautiful expressions of the horse in visual art. One of Dublin’s biggest annual celebrations, the Festival runs from 31st January – 14th February, 2014.
As we say farewell to the Year of the Snake and enter 2014 with the Year of the Horse, Dublin City Council is proud to bring you the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. With a fantastic selection of events at various venues around the city, many of which are free, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn said “The Horse has a special place in the heart of the Irish people and I look forward to the Irish and Chinese communities really connecting in this Year of the Horse. Dublin City Council has a very exciting programme of events taking place in the capital over the 2014 Chinese New Year Festival. The Festival is a celebration of the very strong Chinese culture and community here in Dublin and showcases art, history, music, dance and cuisine in a wide range of events. This is certainly one festival not to be missed.”
For full information and brochure on events taking place during the Festival please log onto www.cny.ie
Launch of Migrant Voters Campaign 2013
Dublin City Council, Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter T.D. jointly launched the Migrant Voters Registration Information Campaign on Monday, 4th November at 9.30 a.m. at the Mansion House.
The Council and the Lord Mayor are working with immigrant organisations in the Dublin area to raise awareness within the migrant community and the broader community on entitlement to vote and how to register to vote. The right of migrants living in Ireland to vote in local elections is quite unique in a European context where such a right is not immediately available to immigrants in many other countries.
Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor said “Today we encourage all leaders of community groups Irish or migrant based to share this information, promote the website links and get all migrants living in the city to register before November 25th to ensure their right to vote in the upcoming local elections in May 2014.”
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, said “The campaign being launched here today is a very important one and fully deserving of our support”. Ireland offers all residents, regardless of citizenship, the right to vote in local elections. It is important that all immigrants know of this right and also that they are aware of the process of registering to vote. Dublin City Council encourages everyone to use their vote to be part of the decision making process.
As part of the Information Campaign posters have been produced and translated into 17 languages. These posters will be distributed to the different immigrant organisations and Dublin city libraries. A billboard campaign will also run with local newspaper advertising used to promote the campaign.
With over 17% of Dublin’s population from a non Irish background and with a majority immigrant population in several inner city wards, the opportunity is there for the immigrant voice to be heard in the future decision making of the city.
There are 323,000 people registered to vote in the Dublin City Council area of these only 16,000 are immigrants, with 6,000 being EU nationals and the other 10,000 being third county nationals. This reflects a very low rate of registration among immigrants.
Facilitating participation in the political life of the city is a key element in promoting and supporting the integration of ethnic minorities in the life of the city.
The initiative is consistent with the City Council’s commitment to be a key driver for integration in the city in partnership with immigrant networks as set out in the strategy Towards Integration: A City Framework.pdf (2.31 mb)
Click the page Register of Electors – General information for more details.