Irish society has changed significantly over the past 25 years, changes which have included the introduction of much higher levels of cultural and ethnic diversity among those who make their homes in communities across Ireland and here in Kildare. With that in mind, our integration strategy aims to put in place an interagency framework to help create a more inclusive and integrated society for all who consider Kildare to be their home.
“Integration must be local in every sense; it must be led by the community, for the community. Local councils are uniquely placed to assist and guide this work and county-level strategies have a central role to play. I want to commend the Council, the members of Kildare Interagency Integration Committee and all those who played a role in the development of this Strategy for giving priority and commitment to integration in Kildare.”
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D.
“Kildare County Council is delighted to launch the 2020 – 2026 Kildare Integration Strategy in collaboration with the County Kildare LEADER Partnership and the Kildare Integration Network. This strategy is the culmination of a lengthy consultation process comprising key agency stakeholders, local representatives and member groups from the diverse migrant population in Kildare. Our hopes and aspirations for this strategy is that it builds on the progress to date and continues to give priority and commitment to the inclusion and integration of people from ethnic minorities and new communities living, working or studying in County Kildare.”
Interim Chief Executive, Kildare County Council, Sonya Kavanagh