Contact Your POlicy Makers

Have your voice heard

Each of us is responsible for creating policy that is inclusive and responsive. Contact your elected representatives and tell them that you want greater recognition and inclusion for the LGBTQI members of the Irish diaspora. Below you'll find everything you need to make your voice heard including contact information for your local  policy maker and an email template you can use to get in touch with them. 

 Irish Government Officials with Responsibility for the Diaspora

Whether you live in Ireland or overseas you can contact the representatives listed below.


                           Simon Covney               Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade                                 +353 1 408 2000

                           Ciaran Cannon              Minster of State for the Irish Diaspora                                   +353 21 437 4200

                            Billy Lawless                 Senator for the Irish Diaspora                                       +353 1 618 3681

Contact your local Irish Consulate/Embassy

If you are part of the Irish diaspora you can contact your local Irish consulate. Find a complete list of Irish consulates and their contact information here

Contact your Local Teachta Dála (TD) 

If you live in Ireland you can reach out to your local elected representative. You can find a full list of contact information for TD's and Senators here


Not sure what to say? Copy and paste the email template below and send it to your policy makers



In 2015 the Government of Ireland published Global Irish: Ireland's Diaspora Policy. This was the very first time the Government had made a clear policy statement on how it thought about the global Irish and its role in relation to them. The document made clear the Government's commitment to engaging and supporting the Irish diaspora throughout the world.

Missing from this document, however, was any language or specific policies detailing the governments stance on including those populations within the diaspora that have traditionally been marginalized in Ireland andwithin Irish communities overseas. 

It's disappointing that the document did not reflect Ireland's evolved attitudes toward inclusion and equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities. 

Ireland's diaspora policy is currently being reviewed and an updated document is due for publication in mid-2017.

As a supporter of fairness and inclusion for all, I am asking that you do what you can to ensure there is greater inclusion of the LGBTQI community in any updated policy. 

The sentiment of fairness and inclusion so important to the Irish people, as demonstrated by the marriage equality referendum and the Equal Status Act 2000 must inform the policies and initiatives of the Irish Government in relation to the global Irish community.

Yours sincerely