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€0.7 MILLION TO HELP BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONS

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Hubert Keaney has welcomed the announcement of significant EU funding by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme to help build positive relations. Approximately €773,000 has been offered to Sligo County Council under the Programme.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Hubert Keaney has welcomed the announcement of significant EU funding by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme to help build positive relations. Approximately €773,000 has been offered to Sligo County Council under the Programme.

According to the Cathaoirleach the funding will be used to support a number of locally-based projects and initiatives that will promote positive relations between people from different communities and backgrounds.

The PEACE IV Programme will result in an increase in the percentage of people who think relations between Protestants and Catholics have improved.

Key Areas:

Sligo County Council will be responsible for the delivery of a ‘PEACE Action Plan’ focused on three key areas: ‘Children & Young People’; ‘Shared Spaces and Services’ and ‘Building Positive Relations’. The support will be used in the delivery of local community initiatives for children and young people involving sports, arts and culture. It will help make public space in towns and villages more inclusive and facilitate programmes for shared space.

Match-funding:

Match-funding for this element of the PEACE IV Programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland. 

An announcement of the total funding offered to all local authorities across Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland was recently endorsed by Ministers from both of these match-funding Government Departments. 

Delivering Initiatives:

Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, Ciaran Hayes commented that, “the funding is an opportunity for Sligo to deliver a number of worthwhile initiatives at local level and for communities to engage in PEACE and Reconciliation activities to build upon the work carried out under the previous PEACE Programmes”.

Local Impact:

Commenting on the funding offer Gina McIntyre, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), which manages the PEACE IV Programme, said: “Local authority-led partnership played a key role within the previous PEACE Programme, in terms of ensuring that money was distributed at a local level, where it could make the most impact. As such they will play a similar role under the new PEACE IV Programme for the Sligo County Council area.

“Representing the public, private and community sectors this partnership is ideally placed to ensure that EU funding is invested within community-based projects that will make real and lasting change,” she continued.

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""The funding is an opportunity for Sligo to deliver a number of worthwhile initiatives at local level and for communities to engage in PEACE and Reconciliation activities to build upon the work carried out under the previous PEACE Programmes""

Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, Ciaran Hayes