News archive 2007

IECE Conference on Migration – “From Pastoral Care to Public Policy – Journeying with the Migrant”

PRESS RELEASE

15th November 2007

IECE Conference on Migration: 21 – 23 November 2007

The Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants (IECE) invites you or a representative to attend a conference on migration:

“From Pastoral Care to Public Policy – Journeying with the Migrant”

Venue:
    Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne, Co. Meath
Dates:
    Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 November 2007
Speakers include:

  • Archbishop Seán Brady, Cardinal-Elect, President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
  • Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn and former executive director of Migration and Refugee Services for the US Bishops’ Catholic Conference and member of UN Global Commission for Migration
  • Minister Conor Lenihan, TD, Minister of State for Integration Policy
  • Mr Peter Sutherland, Chairman of the UN Global Commission for Migration
  • Professor Des Cahill, Professor or Intercultural studies at RMIT University in Melbourne
  • Mr Francis Davis, Von Hügel Institute, University of Cambridge, member of Caritas Europa Migration Commission and Visiting Fellow in Social Policy at the LSE
  • Dr Patricia Kennedy, Senior Lecture in Social Policy, UCD

Background:
    All developed countries are grappling with the impact of inward migration. In Ireland, while various sectors are responding to the needs of migrants, there is still an opportunity to develop a coherent public policy which will serve the economic and cultural needs of this the host country and its migrant people.

    To mark 50 years of service by the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain, the Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants has organised this conference, which will set migration in a global context and address the challenge now facing Ireland today in terms of our cultural and policy deficits, highlighting in particular the value of a sustainable pastoral care response.

Notes for Editors

    * Conference times
          Wednesday, Nov 21st 10.00am – 4.30pm
          Thursday, Nov 22nd 9.30am – 5.00pm
          Friday, Nov 23rd 9.30am – 12.30pm
    * The full conference programme is available on www.catholiccommunications.ie
    * To register in advance, contact the IECE at 01 5053155 or email migrantconference@iecon.ie

Further information:
Martin Long Director of Communications (086 172 7678)
Kathy Tynan Communications Officer (086 817 5674)

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