Peace projects in Northern Ireland receive $2.2 million in international funding

"Hands Across Divide" sculpture by Maurice Harron,  symbolizing peace, in Carlisle Square, Derry City

Organizations that foster and promote peace in Ireland have received substantial funding from international groups, it has been announced this week.

According to UTV the latest funding includes over $1,000,000 to be distributed among well known community groups based in Belfast, Derry, Coleraine and Dundalk that promote cross border and cross community reconciliation.

Three shared education initiatives led by Queen's University Belfast, The Fermanagh Trust and The Corrymeela Community will reportedly receive over $560,000.

$297, 000 will go towards a north Belfast interface project and $97,900 will go to the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen to operate a summer school on conflict resolution.

Support from the International Fund for Ireland was announced in Belfast on Tuesday. Doctor Adrian Johnston Chairman of the Fund told UTV: ‘This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the beginning of real political transformation.

‘Yet the fact is that a lot of work is still needed to transform communities, increase trust and create new opportunities for people to work together. A truly integrated, shared and peaceful society can only be realised by involving all communities and constituencies.

‘Our new strategic framework identifies some of the biggest remaining challenges and the majority of this funding allocation looks to support communities that have not yet fully realised the dividends of the Peace Process.

"The projects within the Peace Impact Programme are designed to develop creative and innovative approaches that deal with sensitive and contentious issues. These are critical to generate greater momentum for positive change and deliver stability and prosperity.’

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