City of Sanctuary status marked at Diversity Festival
Minister of State at the Dept of Justice & Law Reform, Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Aodhán O’Riordán TD, enjoying the music and dance from the IGBO Community Dance Group at St Patrick’s Gateway.
What is ‘City of Sanctuary’?
A rapidly growing movement of local people and community groups working to make their cities a place of welcome and safety for all…. The Movement began in England and has now spread to over 30 cities. It is concerned mainly with creating a place and legal system of welcome for asylum seekers. At this moment in time Derry, Dublin and Waterford are the three cities in the Republic of Ireland who have joined this Movement Waterford City of Sanctuary Ireland is commonly portrayed…
The 4 points of Waterford City of Sanctuary Movement:
• We respect the innate dignity, quality and potential of each person in his or her own right. • We value the inclusion of all in our city and embrace the challenge this involves. • We celebrate our rich diversity and that we need each other. • We invite every person to take his/her responsibility in making Waterford a place where people can flourish and be safe.