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Cork City Integration Conference 2011


A conference took place on Monday 26th September on “Integration in Cork City” at which experts outlined the local, national and European perspectives on integration to public sector managers and the public.  The conference brought together key stakeholders and policy makers in the city, to identify strategic opportunities and priorities which will inform the Cork City Integration Strategy 2012-2015. 

Integration Conference
In attendance at the conference were from l-r: Derek Hanway, CEO Cork City Partnership
Kathy O'Connor, The Integration Centre & Jacqui Sweeney, Cork City Partnership

 In a review of “Connecting Communities - The Cork City Integration Strategy (CCIS) 2008-2011”, the organisers conducted research into integration in Cork City in 2010. It revealed that racism and lack of social cohesion are real issues in the city. The conference was opened by City Manager Tim Lucey who welcomed those attending.

Addressing the conference Jim O’Donovan of the Cork City Development Board said:

 “The economic and social success of the city and its attractiveness for inward investment, research and tourism depends very much on how inclusive and welcoming the city is.  The conference gives an important opportunity for discussion between the public sector and the public on the development of a strategy on integration in the City”

The Cork City Integration Strategy Group is an interagency grouping led by Cork City Partnership and includes Cork City Council, Nasc, The Integration Centre, Cois Tine, Cork Migrant Centre and members from the new communities. 

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