Senator Darragh O’Brien is urging An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to reach out to the Irish Diaspora and nominate a representative of this influential global base to Seanad Éireann.

Senator O’Brien said: “The global Irish community can play a significant role in Ireland’s economic recovery and should be given a national voice.  With 60 million people worldwide claiming Irish heritage and 40 million of those in the United States alone I think it is extremely important that the Taoiseach uses his upcoming appointments to the Seanad to nominate a representative of the Irish Diaspora.”

“This is something Mr. Kenny himself has called for in the past and he is now in a unique position to deliver it.  Fianna Fáil will support such a nomination and I believe many people across all parties would also be supportive of the move.”

“We have seen from the Global Irish Economic Forum in 2009 and the new Global Irish Network that there are many Irish people who left in decades past and want to contribute to Ireland’s renewal and recovery.  I believe a voice in the Seanad for Ireland’s global family would be of significant benefit to the public debate about the future we want for our society.”

“There is a real opportunity for the new Seanad to contribute positively and constructively in renewing politics and bringing forward new ideas.  This means doing things differently and bringing in new people to them.  The appointment of a representative of the Irish Diaspora would show that the political system is serious about reaching out and seeking to represent the views of many people who feel deep connections with our country and want Ireland to succeed and grow again.”