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Public administration (including judiciary and executive) reflects the ethnic diversity of society?

Key Area:
Political & Civic Participation
27/02/2012 - 13:38
Short Answer

In some cases there are efforts being made to ensure that the instruments of public administration reflect the diversity of Irish society, but these initiatives are limited.

Qualitative Info

Individual initiatives can be identified that reflect a desire for the instruments of public administration to reflect the diversity of Irish society. Examples such as the Garda Diversity Strategy and Implementation Plan 2009 -2012 ( ) show a desire to make agencies with a remit in the area of law enforcement more inclusive. Strategies such as this, where they exist, are however quite limited by serious restrictions on recruitment in these agencies due to the current economic situation in the Republic of Ireland.

Other examples such as the HSE (Health Service Execiutive) Intercultural Health Strategy provide general guidelines and resources for staff in publically administered hospitals to be aware of the cultural and religious backgrounds of their service users.


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Integration - social cohesion
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