Immigrant Integration in Ireland

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Multicultural Ireland: Immigrant Integration

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Wynn's Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

                               Mary Gilmartin   Paul Rouse


Speakers were Professor Mary Gilmartin of Maynooth University and Dr Paul Rouse of University College Dublin.

Professor Gilmartin discussed immigrant integration in contemporary Ireland. The talk focused on the three key aspects of immigrant integration: integration policies, integration processes, and integration outcomes.

She also reported on the findings of two recent research projects: the first considered how we could develop better integration policies in Ireland using a human rights approach. The second looked at how we define and assess immigrant integration outcomes in Ireland; the barriers to successful immigrant integration; and the implications of this for future planning and policy development.

Click here to see her slides.

Click here to see the report: Immigrant Integration and Settlement Services in Ireland by Professor Mary Gilmartin and Dr. Jennifer Dagg.

Click here to see the report: Developing Integaration Policy in the Public Sector: A Human Rights Approach by Dr. Cliodhna Murphy, Leanne Caulfield and Professor Mary Gilmartin.

Dr Rouse's talk looked at Multiculturalism and the GAA. He assessed the successes and failures of the GAA in inclusion and integration, examining the structures of the Association and how it operates in this area. He also gave a broader examination of the role of sport in integration.


Speaker bios 
Mary Gilmartin is Professor of Geography at Maynooth University, where she has worked for almost 12 years. She holds an undergraduate degree from UCD, and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on migration and mobility, and her publications include two recent books: Ireland and migration in the twenty-first century (Manchester University Press, 2015) and  Borders, mobility and belonging in the era of Brexit and Trump (Policy Press, 2018, co-authored with Tricia Wood and Cian O'Callaghan). She has just completed two research projects on immigrant integration in Ireland, funded by the Irish Research Council and by IHREC.
Paul Rouse is Associate Professor of History at University College Dublin. His main research interest lies in the history of sport. He has written extensively on the history of Irish sport, but also on the global history of sport. His research also extends to popular culture, the history of the media, and the history of agriculture. He is the founding editor of, UCD's public history site ( Most recently, he appeared on the three-part RTÉ history of hurling, 'The Game', and in a docudrama on Hugh Lane, ‘Citizen Lane’. He writes a weekly column for the Irish Examiner newspaper.

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