Social Inclusion Unit

Contact details

Mary White 

Social Inclusion Officer 

Tel: 01 204 7269



The Social Inclusion Unit (SIU) seeks to raise awareness and promote Social Inclusion objectives within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. It collaborates with all council departments to embed the social inclusion ethos into all decision and policy making processes.


The SIU provides support to local community organisations who work with marginalised or vulnerable communities, especially groups working with communities that come under the 9 grounds of Equal Status Acts: gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion and membership of the Traveller community.


Actions include:

  • Social Inclusion Unit part-funded by Department of Rural & Community Development & contact point for national Social Inclusion programme issues
  • General advice and support to external organisations and structures
  • Coordinate implementation of the Age Friendly Strategy
  • Organise annual Festival of Inclusion
  • Development of dlr Migrant Integration Strategy
  • Collaborative Events & Projects: Africa Day, India Day etc.
  • DLRCC Staff awareness & training – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Awareness, Age Friendly, Disability, Living Well with Dementia programme, Autism Friendly etc.
  • Provide support to the dlr Integration Forum (formerly dlr Ethnic Minority Integration Forum) - Forum for migrant groups in dlr who are “helping develop an inclusive, supportive, secure and intercultural community that is based on the principles of equality, diversity, healthy communication, social justice and mutual respect”


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