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    A strategy for the International Fund for Ireland 2016-2020

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Sligo ‘Inside & Out’ Cross-border project officially launched

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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. 

Cross-border community event examines ‘Effective Policing through Partnership’

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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.

International Fund for Ireland marks 30 years

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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

It’s a wrap! Donegal Youth Service celebrates conclusion of successful ‘Activ8’ Cross Border Project

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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.

Young people get in gear for safer driving and community leadership in Newry/Armagh

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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

Training project to boost youth prospects in south Down

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Clones 'Peace of Mind' cross-border project launched

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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. 

Major Peace Walls event calls for positive outcomes for Londonderry-Derry communities

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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 meets with Fund and Belfast interface groups

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091116dk2100 webAustralian 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.

BCRC launches new Peace Walls paper

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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

Click here to download a copy of the report

‘Football in the Community’ secures right result

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Local residents and community representatives came together to cheer on teams from Sligo FC, Ballinamallard FC, Donegal Youth Services and Tubbercurry FITC at a special soccer tournament held in Ballinamallard football grounds to mark the latest participants’ success in the 2016 Football in the Community Programme. The Ballinamallard football ground was chosen as a cross border venue for the final event to celebrate the inclusivity of the projects cross community and cross border relations.

Community Celebrates Peace Wall Removal

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Residents at a North Belfast interface held a celebration event today to mark a new era after the removal of a peace wall by the Housing Executive.

International Fund for Ireland commits €1.17m/£980,000 towards 13 community projects

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The International Fund for Ireland has confirmed €1.17m/£980,000 of financial assistance that will be shared between 13 community projects in Northern Ireland and the Southern border counties.

Dr Arun Gandhi calls for 'culture of peace' at John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace event

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2306IFI001 WEBDr Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi, today delivered an inspiring speech on peace and non-violence at a special lecture hosted by Ulster University at its Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry.

The visit was the first headline event to be hosted by the new John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace, Professor Brandon Hamber, which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).

Peace Walls Partnership gives young people a stronger voice on interface barriers

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A unique partnership between two Peace Walls projects was today hailed for giving young people a stronger say on potential alterations to physical community divisions.

High demand for peacebuilding and employment courses in Twaddell-Woodvale area

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Community demand for courses linked to peacebuilding and employment at a North Belfast interface is at an unprecedented high, according to an International Fund for Ireland pilot project.

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International Fund for Ireland commits £1.9m/€2.7m towards 20 peace projects

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Peace and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties received a welcome boost as the International Fund for Ireland today committed £1.9m/€2.7m towards 20 initiatives.
The funding, approved at the organisation’s recent Board Meeting in Limavady, includes £381,000/€536,000 for four new projects that will support vulnerable young people who are unable to access or remain in traditional education and training provision.

Anthology breaks the silence for women affected by the Troubles

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A ground-breaking anthology that captures 28 lost stories from women directly or indirectly affected by the troubles, will be launched in Derry-Londonderry today (8th March – International Women’s Day).

Successful Sligo Soccer Project receives funding boost

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Local residents and community representatives recently came together at Murphy’s Hotel, Tubbercurry in Sligo to celebrate the launch of the 2016 Football in the Community programme, the third successive year of this highly successful and innovative youth training project. Administered by the Sligo Young Enterprises and funded by the International Fund for Ireland, to date the project has supported and trained 60 young people between the ages of 16-25 years.

Strabane young people say ‘AYE’ to a brighter future

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More than 100 young people enrolled on an innovative training and outreach project were honoured last night (Thursday 11th February) for bringing new community leadership and positive change to the Strabane area.

Community ‘apprentices’ praised for transforming West Belfast neighbourhoods

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Four young people enrolled on a special apprenticeship-type initiative were today (8th December) honoured for bringing new community leadership and positive change to the Highfield and Springmartin areas of West Belfast.

International Fund for Ireland commits €2.2m/£1.57m towards 23 community projects

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The International Fund for Ireland has confirmed €2.2m/£1.57m of financial assistance to support 23 community projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland.

Limavady celebrates achievements of major community partnership project

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A major community outreach and training partnership that created more 1,100 places on courses and activities in Limavady was recognised at a special celebration event on Tuesday 24th November at the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly.

DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE MARKS COMPLETION OF ‘ACTIV8’ CROSS-BORDER PROJECT

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On Friday 20th November, local residents and community representatives from East Donegal and Strabane came together to celebrate the achievements of participants in the Activ8 Project run by Donegal Youth Service. Funded by the International Fund for Ireland, the project brought together young people from both sides of the border to take part in community-based training and development. The event took place in the Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane, where participants received certificates on the day.

International Fund for Ireland launches five-year ‘Community Consolidation’ strategy

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The International Fund for Ireland today launched a new five-year strategy that will expand and intensify critical peace-building programmes in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland.

The ‘Community Consolidation – Peace Consolidation 2016-2020’ strategy will allocate up to £20million towards a significant new youth programme aimed at those who are unable to access or remain in traditional education and training provision.

Interface communities back plans for shared community facility

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The majority of residents living near a cluster of interface sites would back plans to develop a shared community facility on a derelict factory site in West Belfast, a new survey today revealed.

Innovative partnership hailed for its role in transforming communities

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231015dk103 WEBAn ambitious six-month partnership aimed at addressing common issues in unionist and nationalist communities has been praised for its role in reducing tensions and turning around young lives in Derry/Londonderry, Ballymena and North Antrim.

Official opening of The Base Enterprise Centre for Finn Valley and cross-border area

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On Thursday (8th October), local community and business representatives came together to celebrate the official opening of The BASE Enterprise Centre, a €1.4m community and enterprise hub developed to support social and economic regeneration in the wider Finn Valley and cross-border area in Donegal and Tyrone. Coinciding with the launch, the centre also played host to ‘A Creative Touch of Donegal’ – an exhibition celebrating Donegal’s rich creative offering from a diverse range of local designers.

International Fund for Ireland welcomes new policy for shared education

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The International Fund for Ireland today (16th September 2015) welcomed the publication of the Department of Education’s Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education. Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland said:

“I welcome the publication of this policy as a significant step towards making shared education a reality for all schools, pupils and communities. Shared Education must be embedded within our education system and the Minister and the Department deserve credit for defining and setting out the vision and objectives for the way ahead.

“Our programme for Shared Education has demonstrated that working together can help sustain schools, improve academic performance and build a shared future. Over the past decade, the International Fund for Ireland and the Atlantic Philanthropies have made a huge commitment, in money and effort, to advancing shared education and developed projects and partnerships that demonstrate how cross-sectoral collaboration can be an integral part of school life. These proven shared education models have helped pave the way for this policy and can support the Department in the implementation of ‘Sharing Works’.

“Establishing meaningful collaboration between schools must now be a priority for everyone. We cannot delay in giving pupils the chance to take part in high quality educational experiences that promote positive academic, economic and reconciliation outcomes. The case for schools working together has been made, now is the time to deliver.”

Between 2008 and 2013, the International Fund for Ireland invested more than £18m in its Sharing in Education Programme (SiEP). The Programme engaged more than 500 schools across 22 projects that promote sharing and reconciliation and span all levels of formal education from early years through to teacher training and development. More than 65,500 children and young people took part in the 22 projects, three of which were also supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies which invested £5m.

Manorcunningham Orange Hall celebrates major overhaul

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60An historic community venue in Manorcunningham officially reopened today (29th January) following a massive €174,000 renovation project.

Built in the middle of the last century, the venue is one of 17 Orange halls which remain in regular use in County Donegal, but developed problems in recent years due to the age and wear of the building. During extensive reconstruction, the hall was stripped to its bare walls and carefully rebuilt while the kitchen and bathroom facilities were also overhauled.

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