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Ministerial council on integration

The Minister of State at the Department of Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, Mary White gave announced  that she had established a ministerial council on integration to provide a forum whereby migrants could speak to her directly on their experiences of integration and promote better-informed policy-making.  Expressions of interest for its membership had been sought in the press, inviting applicants legally resident more than two years or who had acquired citizenship.  500 applications had been received by 7th July and in making appointments she had considered balance between places, countries of origin and gender (Dail Eireann, Debates, 3rd November 2010, 999).