07/01/2019

Funding Secured For Reconciliation Projects

Funding of more than €900,000 has been announced for 69 Reconciliation projects through the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Announcing the funding, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, said: "I am delighted to announce an additional €900,000 in funding for 69 projects that support peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. These projects will benefit communities in every county in Northern Ireland, as well as communities in Ireland.

"In 2018 my Department supported over 150 projects with €2.7 million through the Reconciliation Fund. This year, I will be committing an extra €1 million to the Reconciliation Fund. The €3.7 million will support organisations working to ensure a better future for the communities and people of this island. This reflects the Government's unwavering commitment to building good relations and a sustainable peace well into the future."

The Tánaiste added: "As the New Year begins, I want to acknowledge the hugely important work being done by so many groups in support of achieving reconciliation on the island. I congratulate all those awarded funding in this latest round for the Reconciliation Fund. It is the commitment of individuals, groups and communities that protects our peace and deepens reconciliation. I salute the vision and determination of all in civil society who work to advance the peace. I am proud that my Department's Reconciliation Fund can support the work of many such groups. These organisations which the Reconciliation Fund partners with are working to build meaningful links across all communities and traditions and that is essential for our shared island, now and always."

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