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Minister Martin launches Andrew Grene Conflict Resolution Scholarship Scheme


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., announced today the renaming of the Department’s Conflict Resolution Scholarship Scheme, in honour of Andrew Grene, the Irish UN development worker who died tragically on 12 January as a result of theHaitiearthquake.

Speaking today, the Minister said: ‘Andrew Grene was a true humanitarian, who lived his life helping people in the world’s poorest countries to emerge from conflict. As a life-long advocate of education for all, it is fitting that we dedicate an academic scholarship to his memory. I am proud to honour Andrew’s work in post-conflict situations across the globe, fromEthiopiato Timor-Leste. The Andrew Grene Conflict Resolution Scholarship Scheme will promote study into conflict resolution and will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by development workers in their tireless efforts to help others.’

The Department of Foreign Affairs is supporting conflict resolution activities in a number of post-conflict societies, including in Timor-Leste where Mr Grene had previously worked.



Press Office

12 February 2010

Note for Editors:                          

The Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs provides funding for a PhD scholarship scheme, administered by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The scheme began in 2008 and up to €25,000 is available to each scholar. Numbers of scholarships awarded depend on funding available and number of qualified applicants. Applications for the Scheme for 2010 are currently being processed.