Peace Wall Removal
Community Celebrates Peace Wall Removal
Residents at a North Belfast interface hold a celebration event to mark a new era after the removal of a 30 year old Peace Wall.
Residents at a North Belfast interface hold a celebration event to mark a new era after the removal of a 30 year old Peace Wall.
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The majority of residents living closest to Peace Walls say that improving safety and security is the most effective way to change attitudes to potential barrier removal or reduction.
Mr. Marty Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts was recently announced as a recipient of the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards, an initiative of the Donegal Diaspora Project in Donegal County Council that was initiated in 2012 on the centenary of the birth of Thomas P. Tip O’Neill.
International Fund for Ireland Chairman, Dr Adrian Johnston (third from left), is pictured with Michael Tunney, Irish Diaspora; Prof Brandon Hamber, John Hume Tip O'Neill Chair in Peace Studies at Ulster University; Tom O' Neill; Marty Meehan, University of Massachusetts; and Dr Malachy O'Neill, Ulster University.
Civic leaders, voluntary groups and law and justice agencies from both sides of the border came together at a major event today to examine how better partnerships can be created between communities and police.
Local residents and community representatives from Clones area and surrounding cross-border areas in County Fermanagh attended an informative ‘Peace of Mind’ positive mental health conference today in the Creighton Hotel, Clones, County Monaghan.
Local residents and community representatives from Donegal and Tyrone came together to celebrate the achievements of the participants of the Finn Valley Men’s Project, a cross community, cross border project run by the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre (LCRC).
Alumni from an influential transatlantic study programme, AMBIT, gather in Belfast last night for a special audience with Jake Sullivan, a former security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Organised by the International Fund for Ireland and the Washington Ireland Program, the event invited more than 160 community, business and civic leaders to explore new approaches to influence policy. Each year AMBIT invites a select group of leaders and influencers to learn from innovative practice in the United States. Pictured are (L-R) Sarah Lorimer, Billy Gamble, International Fund for Ireland Board Member; Jake Sullivan, former adviser to Vice President Joe Biden; and Andrea Myers.
Thirty four young people are celebrating success and taking steps towards a positive future, thanks to a unique cross-community project based in Limavady.
Work has started in West Belfast to dismantle a security wall that has stood for nearly three decades.
The three-metre high brick wall divides Springfield Road and Springhill Avenue and was erected in 1989 as a security measure to provide extra protection to residents and the nearby New Barnsley police station. Transformation work on the site will include environmental improvements around the land next to two derelict houses and new community artwork.
Participants of Diversity Youth Project, along with representatives from Louth Comhairle na nOg and Newry & Mourne Youth Council attended a conference ‘Border Life 2017’ held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk today.
Coordinators of a new cross-community project today outlined plans to boost employability and turn around the lives of young women in the Shankill and Falls Road areas of Belfast.
The International Fund for Ireland today confirmed £2.6m/€3.1m of financial assistance that will be shared between 18 community projects in Northern Ireland and the Southern border counties.
Young people enrolled on an innovative personal development project were honoured last night (Thursday 6th July) for turning lives around and enhancing community relations in East and South Tyrone.
On 20th May 2017, the International Fund for Ireland met with the Olive Tree Initiative to discuss our peacebuilding work in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties.
Young people from Dundalk, Mullaghbawn, Creggan and Aughnagurgan communities teamed up to create a fascinating ‘Sefie’ Exhibition which was held in the spectacular setting of Creggan Walled Garden in Creggan, Co Armagh.
On Thursday 11th May, 16 participants celebrated the completion of the 2017 AMBIT programme. AMBIT is a long- running study visit funded by the International Fund for Ireland and is organised in partnership with the United States Consulate Belfast and is managed by the Washington Ireland Program.
On 12th May 2017, the International Fund for Ireland a number of supported projects were pleased to share their experiences and models of peacebuilding with a delegation from Colombia. Hosted by INCORE at Ulster University, the vent highlighted the Fund’s objectives, strategic approach, continued development, risk-taking for peace, practical achievements and current role in peacebuilding. During this event, Prof Brandon Hamber also reflected on the role of John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace and offered an academic perspective on peace building work in Northern Ireland.
Dr Adrian Johnston (right), Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, is pictured with Colombian delegates, coordinators from Fund supported projects and representatives from Ulster University.
The International Fund for Ireland today confirmed €3m/£2.6m of financial assistance to support 22 community projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland.
The funding, approved at the organisation’s recent Board Meeting in County Donegal, includes €1.8m/£1.5m for 10 Peace Impact (PIP) projects that will assist marginalised communities to resolve complex issues relating to identity and the conflict.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has today announced an additional £250,000 of UK government funding to tackle the underlying causes of sectarianism and violence and to build a stronger society.
The financial package is a further contribution by the UK government to support the work of the International Fund for Ireland. The new money builds on the financial package put in place under the Fresh Start agreement which allocated £500 million to assist the Executive in tackling issues unique to Northern Ireland, including support for their programme to remove peace walls.
On 13th March, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Embassy of Ireland invited the International Fund for Ireland to share its experiences of peacebuilding at a special event in Washington DC.
Local community representatives came together today to celebrate the official launch of a new cross community, cross border project ‘Inside & Out’, administered by Cranmore Community Co-Operative.
Civic leaders, voluntary bodies and law and justice agencies from both sides of the border and Great Britain came together at a major event today (9th February 2017) to examine how better partnerships can be created between communities and police.
The International Fund for Ireland marked 30 years of delivering critical peacebuilding programmes at a special event in Belfast tonight (19th January). Chairman of the Fund, Dr Adrian Johnston used the occasion to highlight the successful interventions the organisation had over three decades and its continued commitment support communities in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties. The event was attended by representatives from the British and Irish governments and from the Fund’s donors – the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Pictured at the event are (L-R): Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade; Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland; and James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Wednesday, 21 December 2016: Local residents and community representatives from Donegal and Tyrone came together to celebrate the achievements of the latest participants of the ‘Activ8’ Project run by Donegal Youth Service. The event also marked the conclusion of this highly successful two year project, funded by the International Fund for Ireland under its Peace Impact Programme, which brought together young people from both sides of the border to take part in community-based training and development. The celebration event took place in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny where the latest group of participants received their certificates.
The International Fund for Ireland has confirmed £3.6m/€4.3m of financial assistance to support 32 community projects.
The funding, approved at the organisation’s recent Board Meeting in Newcastle County Down, will see £2.1m/€2.6m shared among 17 projects that are working to address difficult issues linked to the legacy of conflict and will engage with young people who are at risk of becoming involved in sectarian or anti-social activity.
More than £804,000/€966,000 will be shared among 10 new projects that will support vulnerable young people who are unable to access or remain in traditional education. It will engage young people in good relations activities and transform their lives by providing alternatives to violence, crime and addiction. A further £612,000/€735,000 has been allocated to five initiatives that are developing new dialogue on the future of Peace Walls.
Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, said:
“Since our Community Consolidation - Peace Consolidation Strategy launched last year, we’ve invested with confidence in bold projects that have enabled communities to reverse the severe effects of division and divert young people away from the influence of armed gangs. However, community appetite for these initiatives is much greater than the resources we alone can assign to it.
“Community groups are taking risks and generating momentum for change, but for progress to be sustainable support from statutory authorities is critically needed. The time is right for others to adopt and support Fund interventions and deliver on the promise of a shared society that is free from sectarianism and the shadow of paramilitaries.”
The latest funding package includes awards to 10 new projects that are supported through the Fund’s Personal Youth Development Programme. These include:
• £79,209/€95,050 to Maghera Cross Community Link to deliver the Link Youth Achievement Project, a structured programme of support, offering personal development and skills building for 16 young people residing within Maghera and the surrounding areas.
• £105,279/€126,334 to Springboard Opportunities Limited for a one-year cross-community project comprising 24 unemployed young people aged 16-25 years and living in North and West Belfast. The target group are those who are socially isolated and at risk of long-term exclusion due to social and emotional difficulties.
• £80,807/€96,968 to Clanrye Group, Newry for ‘Re-Gener8’ a one-year structured youth-based programme within the Newry and South Armagh area and in particular the wards with the highest levels of deprivation of health, wellbeing, education, employment and social opportunities.
• €77,390/£64,233 to FOCUS Family Resource Centre to deliver the FUSE Project a one-year structured programme of Personal Development, Good Relations and Skills Development operating across Killeshandra, Miltown, Arvagh, Belturbet and Blacklion.
The Chairman took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund - the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand - for their support.
Further information about all the beneficiaries from the International Fund for Ireland’s latest funding package click here
More than 30 young people enrolled on an innovative training project were honoured last night (Thursday 8th December) for bringing safer driving and enhanced community relations to Newry and Armagh
A County Down training project has outlined plans to help boost employability and turn around young lives in Kilkeel and surrounding areas.
Local residents and community representatives came together to celebrate the official launch of a new cross border project ‘Peace of Mind’, administered by Clones Family Resource Centre. Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, under its Peace Impact Programme, the project aims to empower people in the Clones area from both sides of the community and both sides of the border.
Trust must be built and residents encouraged to participate and build new relationships so communities can begin to consider a future without physical barriers.
That was the message at a major seminar in the City Hotel, which brought together community leaders, academics and peacebuilding organisations.
Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Richard Andrews, yesterday (9th November 2016) met International Fund for Ireland Board Member, Billy Gamble, and community groups that are working to improve life on some of Belfast’s most contentious interfaces.
Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium today (27th October) launched a new research report that provides referencing tools for individuals and groups that assisting communities to discuss and remove Peace Walls.
Commenting on the report, BCRC Independent Chair Chris Maccabe said “We welcome this report which highlights some of the challenges and complexities of the work ahead but more importantly the opportunities and good will that exists within and between local communities.”
Pictured at the launch are: Barbara McAtamney, Department of Justice; Jessica Blomkvist, author of the report; and Billy Gamble, International Fund for Ireland