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£12m worth of funding allocated to build peace

A major funding package of £12m has been allocated to promote peace-building and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border counties.

The investment by the International Fund for Ireland will support a range of community relations initiatives in shared education, youth work, community development and re-imaging.

The funding package is the latest award from the IFI, an international organisation set up by the British and Irish governments in 1986.

It is aimed at encouraging cross-community contact, dialogue and reconciliation.

IFI chairman Dr Denis Rooney said the funding announcement demonstrated its commitment to bringing together people from unionist and nationalist traditions.

He said: “The fund is determined to continue to support initiatives that will help our local communities to learn, work and live together as part of a truly shared and prosperous society.”

The package includes:

  • £4.3m allocated under the fund’s Building Bridges Programme to ensure Young Enterprise Ireland and Junior Achievement Ireland can continue to deliver the Fund’s flagship youth programmes.
  • And the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will receive a further £701,978 over three years to help transform communities.

Dr Rooney added: “A significant proportion — £2.8m — of our latest funding package goes to the Sharing in Education Programme which enables young people from different backgrounds to come together and share educational experiences in the same classroom.”

Belfast Telegraph