The International Fund for Ireland welcomes a further $2 million for peace programmes in Northern Ireland and the border counties from the United States as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations.
The funding, which was signed into law by US President Donald Trump on 20th December will go towards hard to reach communities on the island of Ireland who have been most impacted by the Troubles and help preserve the peace dividends of the Good Friday Agreement
Paddy Harte, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland said;
“On behalf of the International Fund for Ireland, I welcome the news of this funding package which will enable the Fund to continue the work of peace building in communities across Northern Ireland and the border counties.
“This announcement comes at a critical time for the Fund and indeed for the communities we support. With so much uncertainty around how Brexit will impact these communities, the ongoing political stalemate in NI and heightened tensions in areas along the border, this is an endorsement of our work and the need for it to continue at great pace”.
“It’s important to acknowledge the support the Fund has received from across the House of Representatives and the Senate along with the Administration. The United States has been a steadfast friend to the Peace Process and their contribution and support has been instrumental in progressing our efforts.
“Thanks are due to the Congressional Friends of Ireland, led by Chair Congressman Richard Neal and Co-Chair Peter King, who have shown great commitment to the work of the IFI.
“I would like to pay particular tribute to Congressman Brendan Boyle and Senator Pat Leahy, whose support for the IFI, and for peace throughout the island of Ireland, has been invaluable.
“Sincere appreciation is due to Senator Lindsey Graham, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Congressman Hal Rogers for their assistance and support.
“For almost three decades, political and financial support from the United States and the international community has equipped the Fund to advance the push for peace and make important contributions to community reconciliation and policy development on the island of Ireland.
Mr Harte continued;
“In uncertain times, the Fund remains one of, if not the only, organisation available and willing to go where others cannot and to take the necessary risks for a lasting peace. The value of the Fund’s international independence has never been greater nor has the quality of its work been more evident.
“The Fund is grateful for the generous support and encouragement from the United States and all our donors, which have enabled it to underpin the Peace Process and assist the British and Irish governments in their efforts to deliver a lasting peace”.
For further information about our funding programmes, or for information on how to apply for funding, please contact the person(s) or organisation(s) identifed at the end of the relevant programme summary in the areas of activity section.
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