Andrews announces £600,000 for Reconciliation
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr David Andrews T.D., has today announced the allocation of further grants totalling £611,150 from the Department of Foreign Affairs' Reconciliation Fund. The grants were made to over 20 organisations involved in a wide range of cross-community, educational, research and outreach activities. This completes the allocation of grants totalling £2 million from the Fund, which was increased eight-fold in April1999.
The grants include an allocation of £75,000 for interim measures for the Battle of the Boyne site. The Government's initiative on the development of the Battle of the Boyne site was announced in January 1998 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Announcing the grants, Minister Andrews said:
"The Good Friday Agreement underlines the need for reconciliation between the traditions on this island and the promotion of a culture of tolerance at every level of society. The establishment of the new Institutions over the last few weeks demonstrates the very real commitment of the people of Ireland, north and south, to these principles.
"These grants recognise in particular the outstanding work being undertaken by voluntary organisations across the country in seeking to achieve reconciliation between the different traditions on this island and between Ireland and Britain. I believe that these organisations will continue to play an important part in promoting the trust that is so essential to the success of the Agreement and in consolidating peace. I pledge the Government's continuing support for their efforts."
Note for editors:
The Reconciliation Fund, established in the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1982, provides assistance to organisations involved in reconciliation work and creating better understanding between people in both parts of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain. This is the fourth tranche of funding made this year, bringing the total amount to £2 million. Recipients of the grants announced by the Minister today include:
The Battle of the Boyne site; the provision of funding to meet a series of interim measures and the development of a long-term strategy for the development of the battle site: allocated £75,000.
Jeanie Johnston Project, Kerry; to part fund the reconstruction of the famous Irish emigrant ship by young people from North and South: allocated £100,000.
Derry & Raphoe Action; promoting the capacity-building of rural Protestant communities in Derry, Tyrone and Donegal to enable them to contribute towards cross-border and cross-community interaction: allocated £70,000.
The Foundry Regeneration Trust, Belfast; committed to community outreach, education and training for the most disadvantaged in North and West Belfast, and addressing educational disadvantage and exclusion among Protestant and Catholic communities: allocated £60,000.
Enterprise Newry; committed to promoting cross-border economic relationships: allocated £50,000.
Ballincollig Senior Citizens' Club, Cork; which has promoted cross-border and cross-community interaction since 1986: allocated £35,000.
Omagh Boys & Girls Club; pivotal in advancing the reconciliation process through the education and the empowerment of the young people of Omagh: allocated £34,000.
The Tim Parry/Johnathan Ball Trust, opening a Peace Centre in Warrington in March 2000; which among other activities plans to bring together 4,000 young people annually from the UK and Ireland, north and south to discuss conflict resolution: allocated £30,000.
Angus Mitchell, Roger Casement Academic, for the completion of a 7 year study into the international academic debate about Roger Casement: allocated £30,000.
Old Drogheda Society; which encourages and facilitates discussion on the Williamite Wars in Ireland, in order to enhance mutual understanding of the island's shared history: allocated £20,000.
Belcoo & District Historical Society, Co. Fermanagh; committed to advancing cross-community and cross-border reconciliation through historical and environmental activities: allocated £20,000.
Abbey Historical Society, White House, Co. Antrim; for the archiving and display of locally sourced documents and artefacts associated with the Williamite wars in order to promote understanding of shared history: allocated £20,000.
John Hewitt International Summer School, Co. Antrim; promoting the regional ideals of the Ulster poet, art historian and critic to people of different identities: allocated £10,000.
Meeneragh & District Development Company, Lifford; which has promoted cross-border and cross-community social and cultural activities on both sides of the Donegal/Tyrone border over the last 25 years: allocated £10,000.
Kilcranny House, Coleraine; a residential centre which facilities single identity and cross-community groups from all over Ireland, the UK and further afield: allocated £9,350.
Caw 2000 Community House, Derry; carrying out very worthwhile activities with the full support of active senior citizens from both sides of the community: allocated £7,800.
Globalisation and Democratic Development Group; co-ordinating overseas reconciliation work at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth: allocated £5,000
Lower Oldpark Community Association, Belfast; working to promote and develop cross-border co-operation and reconciliation in North Belfast: allocated £5,000.