The announcement was made following the International Fund for Ireland's recent Board meeting which took place in Londonderry/Derry.
The financial commitment includes £885,412 for the Fund’s Peace Walls Programme which was launched in January 2012. This tranche of funding will go towards an initiative in Belfast and two in Londonderry/Derry which will deliver a range of confidence and relationships building measures within and between interface communities, aimed at helping local residents to move to a position where they feel it is safe and appropriate for the removal of peace walls to commence.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Adrian Johnston Chairman of the Fund, said:
“This funding is a strategic investment in communities and organisations that are working hard to secure a lasting peace. Despite progress in recent years a legacy of fear and mistrust still exists in many communities and that carries the risk of instability and violence. Tragic events in recent weeks have further underlined the critical need to support interventions that tackle sectarianism and promote reconciliation.
“The projects we have made commitments towards are strategically aligned and working towards creating a better and more shared future for all – a future free from sectarian tension.”
He added: “Real and positive community transformation has occurred in recent years, but much more work is still required in order to deliver a truly peaceful and shared society. We are grateful for the support of our generous international donors who have helped to positively impact on the lives of very many individuals and communities throughout the island of Ireland.”
In addition to the Peace Walls Programme, the latest funding package includes:
Since it was established in 1986 the Fund has committed £695m/€869m to a range of interventions throughout the island of Ireland. The interventions have all focused on helping Unionists and Nationalists to learn, work and live together as part of a peaceful and shared future.
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