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McLoughlin represents Ireland at United Nations Migration Conference in New York

Fine Gael TD for Sligo - Leitrim and assistant whip to the Fine Gael Party Tony McLoughlin represented Dáil Éireann at a series of Parliamentary hearings at the United Nations in New York dealing with migration last week.

The 2018 Parliamentary Hearing contributed to a major debate on migration that will culminate with a United Nations Conference later this year.

Deputy McLoughlin said: “I was asked by the Taoiseach to represent Dáil Eireann at the conference on Migration at the UN General Assembly in New York last week. It was a great privilege to have been there to represent Ireland amongst all the nations of the world.

“The hearings heard national migration policies from countries at different stages of development and with different migration patterns. It outlined the need for greater bilateral, regional and global coordination.

“I felt that the UN delegates listened very closely to Ireland when discussing the topic of migration as the world is very much aware of our long history of migrating to other countries and our role in supporting our migrants abroad.   

“Representing Ireland at this United Nations Conference in New York was particularly poignant given New York is a city with a strong heritage of Irish migration and is today home to thousands of first generation Irish emigrants,” the Fine Gael TD said.