The Opening Power to Diversity scheme matches volunteer migrants and new Irish citizens with TDs.
Over a six month period the participants will get a unique and valuable experience and insight into how politics works in Ireland by observing and assisting the TD in his/her daily work.
The OPD scheme also aims to generate greater understanding and interest in politics among people of migrant background. Ultimately the OPD scheme promotes diversity among politicians, the political establishment and society at large.
"I welcome the Opening Power to Diversity measure which is an innovative way to involve immigrants to our country in its political life. With the cooperation of the authorities in Leinster House and the TDs, the measure gives immigrant participants an inside look at our political system at a level which only a small minority of the public will ever experience.
I want to wish the project continued success and hope that all the participants will benefit individually as well as acting as a bridge to their wider communities."
Enda Kenny T.D.
This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Dept of Justice & Equality & Pobal.