Irish Government announces over €1.2m in funding for Northern Ireland

More than €46m has been granted to organisations since 1982

Irish Government announces over €1.2m in funding for Northern Ireland

(Left to right) Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at the North-South Ministerial Council (NSMC) in Dublin Castle | Image: RollingNews.ie

Fifty-seven organisations based in Northern Ireland are to receive funding from the Irish Government.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan says more than €1.2m will be made available to support further peace and reconciliation.

The Reconciliation Fund from the Department of Foreign Affairs has been in existence since 1982.

Since that time, over €46m has been granted to over 1,900 projects across the community and voluntary sectors.

These groups are working to build links between all communities and traditions, and address issues - including sectarianism.

Speaking about the funding, Minister Flanagan said: "This funding reflects the enduring commitment of the Irish Government to supporting peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland."

"Civil society organisations continue to play a vital role in sustaining and deepening the very real progress that has been made on this island since the Good Friday Agreement."

"We cannot and do not take this progress for granted. In recognition of this, the Government included a commitment in the 2014 Stormont House Agreement to guarantee an annual budget of €2.7m for the Reconciliation Fund."

Among the organisations that will receive funding in the current round are Co-Operation Ireland; the Pat Finucane Centre; the 174 Trust and the Department’s four Strategic Partners, Healing Through Remembering; Corrymeela; Community Relations in Schools and Youth Action.

A full list of projects and their costs are listed below:

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade