Other than projects facilitated through Culture Ireland there are no government programmes specifically aimed at supporting trans-national intercultural dialogue. Culture Ireland showcased an ambitious season of Irish arts in the United States in 2011 with the aim of celebrating the Irish creative imagination, presenting world-class Irish artists and companies, and reinvesting in our unique cultural relationship with America.
Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes
The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), an independent expert body for combating racism and working towards a more inclusive intercultural society in Ireland was abolished in December 2008 as part of government cutbacks. The office of the Minister for Integration was replaced by an Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration with a cross-departmental mandate. Research produced by the Immigrant Council of Ireland in 2011 deplored the lack of consistent, effective and strong action against racism and recommended a programme of institutional responses, victim support and awareness raising.
The United Nations is examining the Irish government failure to establish clear immigration rules and the impact of steep funding cuts on the funding of human rights promotion bodies. A new merged Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is being established.
There are a number of examples, at community level, of intercultural projects, while organisations like the National Youth Council of Ireland (http://www.intercultural.ie/) have also endeavoured to address this agenda.
The Arts Council operates a policy of non-discrimination and encourages applications from artists and arts groups from minority communities for the available supports (see also chapter 2.6).
An Intercultural Cities Milestone event was held in Dublin in February 2013 as part of the EU Irish Presidency programme. The Hijabi Monologues exploring the voice of Muslim women in Ireland was presented in the Axis Centre in Dublin in 2013.
An Intercultural Cities Milestone event was held in Dublin in February 2013 as part of the EU Irish Presidency programme.
Government’s overall approach to intercultural dialogue