Update for week of 07 March 2016

Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad closes April 20

Dear colleagues,

The nomination process for the 2016 Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad (PDSA) is currently open and will close on Wednesday 20th April 2016.  

This Award was established by the Irish Government in 2012, to provide a system of State recognition for those living abroad.  An additional new category has been introduced this year - Science, Technology & Innovation - giving us a total of six categories under which individuals can be nominated:

  • Irish Community Support
  • Arts, Culture and Sport
  • Charitable Works
  • Business and Education
  • Peace, Reconciliation and Development
  • Science, Technology and Innovation (additional category introduced in 2016)

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

(i)     have rendered distinguished service to the nation and/or its reputation abroad;

(ii)   have actively and demonstrably contributed to Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad in at least one of the categories listed above;

(iii)  have a track record of sustained support and engagement with Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad over a period of not less than 5 years.

Nominations can be made by any member of the public, but are submitted through the Irish Embassy in the country of residence of the nominee.   If you know someone who meets the criteria above, please complete the 2016 Nomination Form and forward it to the Irish Embassy for the country the nominee is resident in before Wednesday, 20th April, 2016.

Further details on eligibility and the nomination process are available here, together with details of previous recipients of this Award.