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International Fund for Ireland announces EUR 13 million for major long-term peace-building projects

Published on:  29 Sep 2006

The Board of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) recently met in Gweedore, Co Donegal and approved funding of over EUR13 million to support sixteen community based reconciliation and economic regeneration projects throughout Northern Ireland and the six border counties.

This includes four major capital projects, totalling over EUR9 million under the Fund's Legacy Programme. This is a significant contribution by the Board to ensuring sustainability of the work of the Fund beyond 2010, when international engagement is expected to cease.

The organisations receiving Legacy funding are:  Glencree Centre for Reconciliation in Wicklow: Corrymeela Community Centre in Ballycastle, Co Antrim;  Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle, Co Down  and Skainos Ltd  in Belfast.

Tuath - The Donegal Community and Local Development Centre, operating out of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, will receive support for a two year project for the development of Centres of Community Development, Learning and Best Practice in Donegal and its immediate cross-border hinterland, including modules on peace-building and active citizenship.
Since 1986 the IFI has granted over EUR750 million to over 5,700 projects.

Speaking in relation to this latest significant funding announcement, International Fund for Ireland Chairman, Denis Rooney, said he was delighted with the wide range of projects that had been approved.  ‘‘Projects assisted by the Fund continue to be targeted at the most marginalised communities and this has been the hallmark of the Fund’s activities over the past 20 years. The work of the Fund is central to the aim of bringing sustainable peace to our island. It is also important that the legacy of the Fund is maintained beyond 2010 when international engagement is expected to end, and, for that reason, the Fund has approved substantial legacy funding to four organisations each of which, in different ways, will make a unique contribution to lasting peace and reconciliation in Ireland,’’ said Mr Rooney.

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