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Tánaiste announces €1.5 million in funding for NI peace and reconciliation projects

Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2013

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has announced €1,562,500 in grants to support community organisations working on both sides of the border.

A total of 74 reconciliation and anti-sectarianism projects will receive funding following today’s announcement.

The Reconciliation and Anti-Sectarianism Funds – which were expanded to their current size following the Good Friday Agreement – support cross-community outreach in Northern Ireland and the border counties.

The Funds also support cross-border co-operation and sensitive commemorative and cultural events.

Announcing the funding, the Tánaiste said:

“Today is the 15th anniversary of the referenda held North and South to ratify the Good Friday Agreement.  That Agreement has opened up new possibilities and opportunities for a generation who are growing up in a time of peace.  Northern Ireland is still a very divided society however,  and while North/South cooperation and relations have improved very significantly, the legacy of the past continues to affect communities, businesses and infrastructure on both sides of the border.”

Amongst the groups receiving an award under the Funds is Co-operation Ireland, which receives the largest award, for its work with at-risk young people and in marginalised communities. Support is also being provided to Mediation NI for training to enable community leaders in Ballymena, Limavady and Omagh to deal with contentious issues in their communities, and to Greenore Greencastle Community Association for its development of cross-border links between Counties Louth and Down. These examples demonstrate the broad reach of the Funds across communities in Northern Ireland and the border region.

The Tánaiste commended all the groups receiving funding for their contribution to reconciliation, and the promotion of improved relations on the island of Ireland: “The tireless work being carried out by these groups is helping to build sustainable community relations based on mutual respect and tolerance. The challenge of sustaining and embedding peace is one which much be taken forward at the political level but also very much at the community level.”

 

Note for Editors:

As part of the Good Friday Agreement, all parties to the Agreement undertook to “positively examine the case for enhanced financial assistance for the work of reconciliation.” 

As a result, since the signing of the Agreement the Irish Government has provided significant support through the Reconciliation Fund and the Anti-Sectarianism Fund. The 2013 budget for both funds is €2.74 million.  Since 1999, the two Funds have between them disbursed €38 million to some 1,500 projects working to further reconciliation.

Projects approved for funding are set out below:

Organisation

Amount

15 Years On

€1,500

1825 Project

€17,000

36th (Ulster) Division Memorial Association

€20,000

APAC Ireland

€8,000

ARC Healthy Living Centre

€10,000

Ard Eoin Fleadh Project

€11,000

Ballymac Friendship Trust

€8,000

Belfast Interface Project

€10,000

British Irish Association

€20,000

British Irish Joint Study on Economic Relations

€43,000

Carrick Hill Residents Association

€10,000

Carrickfergus YMCA

€7,000

Centre for the Study of Irish Protestantism, Maynooth

€4,000

Charter NI

€25,000

City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge

€18,000

Clare Youth Service

€4,000

Coalisland Residents & Community Forum

€25,000

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

€30,000

Co-operation Ireland

€380,000

Co-operation Ireland - All Island Schools Choir Competition

€40,000

Corrymeela Community

€50,000

County Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge

€9,000

Creggan Youth Drop-in

€10,000

Cumann Culturtha Mhic Reachtain

€5,000

Derry Theatre Trust

€10,000

Donegal Youth Service

€20,000

East Belfast Mission

€40,000

ECF - Links

€20,000

Epworth Methodist Church

€3,000

Fit Kidz

€11,000

Forge Family Resource Centre

€20,000

Fortwilliam & Macrory Presbyterian Church

€14,000

Friends of Aghadrumsee School

€5,000

Gasyard Wall Féile

€9,000

Gleann Amateur Boxing Club

€6,000

Greenore Greencastle Community Association

€20,000

Groundwork NI

€25,000

Harmony Community Trust

€20,000

Healing through Remembering

€24,000

Holy Cross Retreat, Ardoyne

€40,000

Interaction Belfast

€10,000

International Centre for Local & Regional Development

€25,000

Irish Association for Cultural Economic & Social Relations

€12,000

Kids in Control

€15,000

Kids' Own Publishing Partnership

€25,000

Kilcooley Women's Centre

€22,000

Knockconan Border Summer Camp

€5,000

Magherafelt Olympic Football Team

€2,000

Maiden City Festival Committee

€35,000

Mediation Northern Ireland

€14,000

Mullacreevie Development Association

€2,500

New Lodge Arts

€10,000

Newhill Football Club

€6,000

North Belfast Interface Network

€8,000

North Down Community Assistance

€10,000

Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association

€12,500

Northern Ireland Trade Union Education & Social Centre

€50,000

Partners in Catalyst

€18,000

Partners, Training for Transformation

€15,000

Quaker Service

€2,500

Queen's Park Women's Group

€8,000

Restorative Justice Forum c/o Quaker Service

€8,000

Rights Watch UK

€15,000

Rosario Youth Centre

€6,500

Seaview Enterprises

€8,000

Seven Towers Community & Cultural Education Association

€5,000

Shimna Integrated College

€25,000

Short Strand Women's Group 

€5,000

Spectrum Centre

€15,000

St. John Vianney Youth Centre

€8,000

St. Teresa's Youth Club

€8,000

Stranorlar Meenglass & Kilteevogue Football Club

€2,000

Youth Initiatives

€18,000

Youthlink NI

€25,000

TOTAL

€1,562,500