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US House of Representatives votes to double funding for International Fund for Ireland


US House of Represntatives (AP)

US House of Represntatives (AP)

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US House of Represntatives (AP)

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that doubles funding for the International Fund for Ireland.

RTE reports the figure has gone from $750,000 to $1.5m.

The International Fund for Ireland is an independent organisation that supports economic regeneration and social development projects in areas most hit by violence during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The increase was proposed by Democrat Congressman Brendan Boyle, who said the work of the fund had become increasingly important due to Brexit.

"Brexit will have significant consequences for the island of Ireland,"Congressman Boyle said.

"The border is in danger of, once again, becoming a significant barrier, physically and psychologically, to harmonious relationships that have been delicately fostered over the past few decades."

The bill increasing the funding will now be considered by the US Senate.

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