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REACHING OUT TO THE IRISH DIASPORA Tarraingíonn scéal scéal eile - One story leads to another. A simple phrase but one which captures the dense and intertwined nature of our history on this small island – the fact that no single story can ever be separated from the story of the neighbour, the putative ‘other’.

Through State and Official Visits, and his ongoing outreach to the diaspora, President Higgins aims to engage with Irish people worldwide. Throughout his term in office, President Higgins has emphasised the global nature of Ireland’s cultural heritage, the significance of the diaspora and the common history and identity we share “despite the borders, oceans and miles that may separate us”. "Our diaspora is one of Ireland’s greatest resources: through the contribution our people make to the nations they migrate to, through the bonds they forge with the peoples of those countries, our migrants have allowed Ireland to have global connections far beyond our size." 14 November 2014 Acknowledging that the Irish nation extends beyond our island, the President actively seeks to meet with a broad range of people from the Irish diaspora on all his foreign visits. Each year, the President also presents the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad – an award that recognises the service given to this country or to Irish communities abroad by those who live outside Ireland.

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THE PRESIDENCY IN REVIEW 2011 - 2018

Profile for Áras an Uachtaráin

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...