Cookies on the DFA website

We use cookies to give the best experience on our site while also complying with Data Protection requirements. Continue without changing your settings, and you'll receive cookies, or change your cookie settings at any time.

Minister for Foreign Affairs launches the “Ambassadors for Peace” project

Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Ireland, Northern Ireland, 2010

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., today formally launched ‘2019, Bringing Down the Walls’, an action plan put together by sixteen young men and women from interface communities in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Fifth Reconciliation Networking Forum1 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Minister Martin said:

“This group of young people, from both main communities, worked together in an innovative youth programme called Ambassadors for Peace. They have committed themselves to creating a viable action plan to eradicate peace walls by 2019. They will lobby on behalf of their communities throughout their time on the programme and beyond.”

Minister Martin emphasised the fundamental importance of young people in sustaining the peace and building a shared future:

“The greatest strength of Ambassadors for Peace is that it is truly a youth driven programme, and its aims and objectives very much reflect the concerns and aspirations of young people.”

Commending the participants, the Minister announced funding of €15,000 from the Reconciliation Fund2 for the Ambassadors for Peace programme for 2010.

Note for Editors: