Irish peace projects receive £1.5m

Published Tuesday, 09 July 2013
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Peace building projects in Northern Ireland and the border counties are to receive £1.5m in international funding.

Irish peace projects receive £1.5m
The money goes towards groups promoting peace and reconciliation. (© Getty)

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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Comments Comments
Rrrrr in Hellfast wrote (566 days ago):
I live on the shankill so i can only speak for it and very little has been done in the area things seem to get knocked down and nothing much gone up and were my friend lives in glencairn well i think the politicians have forgot people even live up there.....the dup do nothing about here but i'll bet they get well paid for it....
Danny in Ulster wrote (567 days ago):
Sorry, I just don't understand what these vast sums of money are actually being spent on? These vague "community groups" should publish how the money is spent to prove it is being spent on worthwile peace projects.
lucylou in belfast wrote (567 days ago):
unfortunately a lot of this money is spent on useless 'projects' which make no difference whatever to the majority of people who attend. people will go to take advantage of whatever is going for free! Oh and the 'leaders' of course Must visit America ALL expenses paid for 2-3 weeks .Just to ensure they are properly 'trained'. Maybe I'm being too negative after all 'it is the 15th anniversary of the GFA AND the beginning of real political transformation [or so we are told!] SO, sit back, relax, all is well in N Ireland the International Fund For Ireland has pumped in a bit more money to do God knows what!!
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