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County Mayor Hosts Immigration Conference

immigration integrationPictured at the Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mags Murray's Immigration to Integration Conference was keynote speaker Nora Casey, Minister of State at the Department of New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhan O'Riordain, County Mayor cllr Mags Murray and Paul Reid, CEO Fingal County Council.

The Annual Mayors’ conference, this year hosted by County Mayor, Cllr Mags Murray took place last week. The conference focused on the positive impact of immigration and the challenges of integration on both the receiving communities and the immigrants. Speaking about the event Mayor Murray said: “The impact of this has been largely very positive with new business ideas, cultural richness and languages now enjoyed and embraced throughout the county. Young families from all over the world are making their homes in the rich and vibrant county that is the North County. There are, none the less, many challenges that come with great change over a relatively short period of time.”
“The North County is one of the youngest and most diverse counties in Ireland and arguably one of the fasting changing urban areas in terms of ethnic diversity in Western Europe. Over 85,000 individuals have become new Irish citizens since 2011 and many thousands have made their homes here,” she added. The conference explored and pointed towards solutions to these challenges into the future “There was a wide variety of speakers at the event including Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, broadcaster Nora Casey, journalist Shona Murray, Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo, David Silke and former Republic of Ireland team manager Brian Kerr discussing issues around education, health – including mental health, building strong new communities and cultural understanding,” the mayor concluded.