Irish peace projects receive £1.5m

Irish peace projects receive £1.5m

Peace building projects in Northern Ireland and the border counties are to receive £1.5m in international funding.

The sum includes £774,058 to be distributed among community groups based in Belfast, Londonderry, Lurgan, Coleraine and Dundalk, aimed at promoting reconciliation.

Three shared education initiatives led by Queen's University Belfast, The Fermanagh Trust and The Corrymeela Community will receive £378,000.

A further £200,000 will go towards a north Belfast interface project and there is £65,908 for the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen to operate a summer school on conflict resolution.

The International Fund for Ireland support was announced in Belfast on Tuesday.

Dr Adrian Johnston Chairman of the Fund said: "This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the beginning of real political transformation.

"Yet the fact is that a lot of work is still needed to transform communities, increase trust and create new opportunities for people to work together. A truly integrated, shared and peaceful society can only be realised by involving all communities and constituencies.

"Our new strategic framework identifies some of the biggest remaining challenges and the majority of this funding allocation looks to support communities that have not yet fully realised the dividends of the Peace Process.

"The projects within the Peace Impact Programme are designed to develop creative and innovative approaches that deal with sensitive and contentious issues. These are critical to generate greater momentum for positive change and deliver stability and prosperity."


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