EU commits to peace funding for Northern Ireland after Brexit
The EU is to continue to fund peace projects in Northern Ireland after the UK leaves the unified bloc of countries.
EU President Jean Claude Juncker said peace funds for the region will be included in the next seven-year budget plan which comes into effect in 2020.
He said described the move as an "unconditional European commitment".
Millions have been funneled into Northern Ireland from the EU for various public service projects and peace initiatives.
"The Good Friday Agreement has preserved peace and progress whenever there was discord and bloodshed. We all know peace can be fragile and I see no more important use of our budget than in guaranteeing and financing the peace process in Ireland."
DUP MP Diane Dodds welcomed the pledge as a "positive commitment".
Positive commitment by @JunckerEU confirming 'unconditional' plans for Northern Ireland peace funds in new EU budget cycle. This is welcome.— Diane Dodds MEP (@DianeDoddsMEP) January 17, 2018
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