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Welcome from the Lord Mayor of Dublin

I am delighted to launch Inclusion and Integration Week 2021, on behalf of Dublin City Council. This initiative is taking place from the 8th-12th November 2021 and aims to highlight the positive work underway by Dublin City Council and other agencies to promote social inclusion, integration and diversity in our city.

When we speak of diversity we are not speaking about “other” people. When we speak of diversity we are speaking about ourselves. We are all diverse, unique and special. Diversity is the traits and characteristics that make us unique.

Inclusion is the way we behave. The way we can make others feel welcome or a part of our shared society.

We approach this year’s Inclusion and Integration Week within the context of our ongoing response to the COVID19 pandemic and its impacts.  Having stood together in society and shown incredible strength, resilience and support for others less able or fortunate around us, the challenges of COVID19 has led to our kindness and spirit shining through these extraordinarily testing times.

We want to continue this social solidarity and to extend our work throughout Inclusion and Integration Week 2021 by bringing a focus on the theme of Belonging, Including and Participating.

For Dublin city it’s about maintaining and growing the connections and partnerships that create access for all to quality public services and, most importantly, ensuring everyone taking ownership of actions that deliver inclusion and integration and truly make Dublin a city for all.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland

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