Migrant communities need a voice in Limerick’s cultural life

Fianna Fáil Councillor Azad Talukder.

INVESTING in migrant communities and giving them a voice in the creative and cultural life of the city was the call from County Hall this week.

Fianna Fáil councillor Azad Talukder urged the local authority to do more to connect with migrant communities in Limerick during a debate on the draft Culture and Creativity Strategy 2023-2027.

Speaking at this Monday’s meeting of the Council’s Community, Leisure, and Culture SPC (Strategic Policy Committee), Cllr Talukder said that “a lot of migrant communities don’t see any investment from this side”.

“Are there any plans to do more for them? They don’t see any investment within the communities. If not now, maybe this is something we can look at for the future.”

Seamus O’Connor of Limerick City and County Council said that the local authority runs a number of community events every year but agreed that they could look at doing more to develop integration.

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Fine Gael councillor Olivia O’Sullivan suggested that there may be a need for an outreach programme to engage with migrant communities locally.

Brian O’Regan of Arts Leader Associates, who presented the draft strategy to council members, said that it was their aim to include as many communities as possible.