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Congratulations to our colleagues at Safe Home Ireland on the launch of their 2023-2028 Strategic Plan! We look forward to continuing to partner with Safe Home to provide the best possible supports to Irish citizens returning to Ireland.

In conjunction with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) at the University of Galway, Safe Home Ireland hosted a seminar titled ‘Social Inclusion in Action for Returning Irish: Priorities and Challenges’ to mark the plan’s launch on Wednesday, 27 March.

As part of the seminar, Crosscare Irish Diaspora Support Project’s Policy & Outreach Officer Niall Foster was honoured to contribute to a rich panel discussion on social inclusion in action for both Irish abroad and returning emigrants. Joined in conversation by Orla Dick (Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas – ICPO), Michael Palmese (Citizens Information – Returning to Ireland portal), Colin Bell (Director, Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust), and moderated by Lochlann Scott (CEO, Helplink Mental Health), the panel examined various barriers to social inclusion for Ireland’s diverse diaspora and proposed social policy solutions grounded in practical experience.

Policy & Outreach Officer Niall Foster speaks on panel at Safe Home Ireland Strategic Plan Launch.

The seminar also featured an insightful panel on psycho-social supports for the Irish diaspora and a keynote address from Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, TD.

About Safe Home Ireland

Safe Home Ireland is an diaspora support service that provides a range of services to people considering returning/moving to Ireland, as well as recently returned emigrants. Their supports include an advice and information service, undertaking outreach/home-visiting and assisting qualifying older Irish emigrants with their housing needs (see eligibility requirements for Safe Home’s housing assistance services here). Safe Home Ireland is a critical partner in our work supporting returning Irish citizens and sits on our quarterly Returning to Ireland Forum along with Citizens Information and the ICPO (learn more about our Irish-based partners in our Irish Diaspora Directory).

To learn more about Safe Home Ireland, please visit

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