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Alf McCreary

Success of IFI in transforming border counties a fitting legacy for John Hume

Alf McCreary


Much has already been written in praise of the late John Hume's Herculean work for peace, but relatively little about his key role in helping to bring millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to cross-border projects through the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).

The objective was to promote economic and social advancement and to encourage dialogue and contacts between unionists and nationalists in border counties.

The IFI, as distinct from Sir Tony O'Reilly's Ireland Fund, was established in 1986 by the British and Irish Governments, with contributions over the next two decades and more from the US and EU, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.