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Tánaiste announces awards to 72 reconciliation and anti-sectarianism projects

Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2012

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., today announced end-of-year funding awards to 72 peace-building and community organisations north and south from the Government’s Reconciliation and Anti-Sectarianism Funds. 

Announcing the funding, the Tánaiste said:

“Northern Ireland is still a very divided society. We saw the potential for sectarian activity to flare up again this summer, so it’s clear that, despite the enormous progress made since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, great challenges remain.

We are supporting these projects to help overcome the problem of sectarianism and to promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland as well as strengthening community relations across the island of Ireland. I am grateful to the groups and individuals who carry out this critical work. It remains as important as ever that we support their efforts.”

These awards support initiatives being undertaken by a wide range of organisations and individuals who have made reconciliation and anti-sectarianism core principles of their work. Recipients included those who are working at the frontline in communities in disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland and the border counties, those involved in cross-community outreach and in organising sensitive commemorative and other cultural activities and events.

Note for Editors:

As part of the Good Friday Agreement, participants undertook to “positively examine the case for enhanced financial assistance for the work of reconciliation.”.  The budget for this year is €2.7 million - this covers both the Reconciliation Fund and the Anti-Sectarianism Fund.  Since 1999, the two Funds have between them disbursed €30 million to some 1,000 projects in the work of reconciliation.

Examples of the types of projects receiving support from the Reconciliation and Anti-Sectarianism Fund, include:

Projects approved for funding are set out below:

 

Organisation

Fund

Amount Recommended

APAC Ireland

RF

9,000

Ards Borough and North Down Advice Centre

ASF

5,000

Arts for All

RF

18,000

Bready & District Ulster Scots

ASF

15,000

Bright Brand New Day

RF

20,000

British Irish Association

RF

20,000

British Irish Rights Watch

RF

5,000

CAIN Web Service, INCORE, University of Ulster

RF

40,000

Cardinal Tómas Ó Fiach Memorial Library

RF

22,500

Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry & Raphoe

RF

18,000

Citizens of Senior Years  (COSY Club)

RF

4,000

City Centre Initiative

RF

10,000

City of Belfast YMCA

RF

7,000

Clann Eireann Youth Club

ASF

50,000

Clonard Reconciliation Mission

RF

7,500

Community Relations in Schools

ASF

20,000

Cookstown & District Women's Group

RF

10,000

Co-operation Ireland

RF

90,000

Corpus Christi Youth Centre

RF

18,000

Culture Company 2013 Ltd

RF

18,000

Donagh Community Choir

RF

3,000

Fellowship of Messines Association

ASF

25,000

Forum for Alternative Belfast CIC

RF

8,000

Foyle Women's Information Network

RF

9,000

Friends Forever Europe

RF

12,500

An Gaeláras

RF

20,000

Gasyard Development Trust

RF

8,000

Glaslough Development Association

RF

15,000

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

RF

195,000

Harryville Partnership Initiative

RF

4,000

Holy Family Youth Centre

RF

9,000

Institute for British Irish Studies

RF

30,000

Irish Association for Cultural Economic & Social Relations

RF

4,000

Karen McCarthy

RF

4,000

Kids in Control

RF

9,000

Leafair Community Association

ASF

9,000

Leckagh Neighbourhood Group

ASF

3,000

Ligoniel Family Centre

RF

8,000

Live Music Now Ireland

ASF

9,000

Lower Shankill Community Association

RF

9,700

Malgrove Community Interest Company

ASF

5,000

Markets Development Association

RF

5,000

Music Generation Louth

RF

9,000

Newtowncunningham Community Development Initiative Ltd

RF

12,000

North Belfast Community Development & Transition Group

RF

9,700

North West Play Resource Centre (The Playhouse)

RF

10,000

Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma & Transformation Trust

RF

8,000

Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

RF

20,000

Northside Partnership

RF

22,600

PeacePlayers International NI

RF

20,000

Public Achievement

RF

20,000

REACH Across

RF

8,400

REACT

ASF

5,300

Saint Patrick Centre

RF

18,000

Saints Youth Centre

RF

15,000

Shared History Interpretive Project (S.H.I.P.)

RF

6,000

Smashing Times Theatre Company- Workshops

ASF

10,000

South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association

ASF

8,000

South Wind Blows

RF

30,000

Speedwell Trust

RF

20,000

Spirit of Enniskillen Trust

ASF

30,000

St Bernadette's Primary School

RF

7,000

St Columbs Park House

ASF

15,000

St John's Youth Centre

RF

9,000

St Louis House

RF

9,000

St Peter's Immaculata Youth Centre

ASF

9,000

Teach na nDaoine

RF

20,000

Tiger's Bay Men's Group

RF

800

Training for Women Network

RF

25,000

Ulster Historical Foundation

RF

4,000

Upper Ardoyne Community Partnership

ASF

4,000

YouthAction NI

ASF

35,000

TOTAL

 

€1,236,000