Declan Hayden (Dublin, Ireland)

Director, Office for Integration, Dublin City Council

Declan Hayden is based at the Office for Integration in Dublin City Council, Dublin, Ireland. He holds a Masters in Philosophy in Ethnic and Racial Studies (2000), University of Dublin Trinity College.  He has worked in the Department of Community & Social Development in DCC since 2004 and developed the Office for Integration with his colleague Gerry Folan in 2007 from the original Intercultural Relations Unit.  The Office is the main centre of integration among the main Public Service bodies in Dublin and Ireland and links closely with the Department of Justice & Equality. The Office works with all migrant and cultural groups in the city of Dublin assisting them with all aspects of Intercultural integration, equality and the prevention of racism and discrimination. A Strategy on Integration: Towards Integration -A City Framework was published and declaration of Intent signed by all members of the Dublin City Development Board in 2008. Dublin became a member of the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities project as part of this work. The OFI have developed numerous projects, initiatives and events to promote integration.  Key to these are cultural celebrations and festivals such as the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.  Declan is Director of DCNYF and working on a number of individual Sino-Irish projects.