By admin | October 31, 2006
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, has announced €40,000 worth of funding for Irish organisations in South Africa and Zimbabwe – the first-ever fuding to those regions.
Mr Ahern noted that the funding is part of a total package of grants worth €12 million being distributed to Irish communities abroad this year, twelve times that of 1997. Funding was granted this year for the first time to organisation in Canada and Argentina, along with the continued support given to Irish community organisation in Britain, the US and Australia.
Today’s announcement concerning Irish associations in South Africa and Zimbabwe represents a further welcome development. We deeply appreciate the strong and unifying focal points which the Irish associations in South Africa and Zimbabwe provide for our community there, many of whom – including members of religious orders – live some very considerable distance apart from each other. Today’s grants will help these Irish associations to sustain their valuable community support structures into the future.
The grants announced by the Minister were:
- Cape Town Irish Association – €10,000
- Durban Irish Society – €10,000
- Mashonaland Irish Association, Harare – €15,000
- Irish Association of Bulawayo – €5,000