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Tánaiste Coveney announces reconciliation funding to 53 organisations


Tánaiste Coveney announces reconciliation funding to 53 organisations


The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., today announced funding of €890,000 to 53 organisations through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund.


Announcing the funding, the Tánaiste said:


“Over 50 civil society organisations will receive support for their work on peace and reconciliation in the year ahead in this latest funding round. Over the course of 2017, my Department’s Reconciliation Fund awarded grants amounting to €2.7 million to over 100 organisations.


Support for this vital reconciliation work is an important expression of the Government’s unwavering commitment to peace and reconciliation on this island as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.”


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 and with our neighbouring Ireland. I congratulate all those awarded funding in this latest round for the Reconciliation Fund. It is always 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.”



Press Office

04 January 2018


Notes for Editors

  • A list of projects to be funded in the current round is included in the Annex below.
  • The Reconciliation Fund has been in existence since 1982 and was increased significantly following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. All parties to that Agreement undertook to “positively examine the case for enhanced financial assistance for the work of reconciliation.”
  • As a result the Irish Government has provided increased support through the Reconciliation Fund since 1998. In the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, the Government committed to “support measures to promote reconciliation, including through continued annual provision of €2.7m in the Reconciliation Fund”.
  • Further information can be found at




Funding Amount

174 Trust


50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Commemoration Committee


Aonach Mhacha


Ballinamallard Fisher Park


Bardic Education Arts and Media


Belfast YMCA


British Irish Association


CAIN Webservice INCORE Ulster university


Cathedral Youth Club


Centre for Cross Border Studies


Centre for Studies in Irish Protestantism


City Centre Initiative


Clonard Monastery Youth club


Clooney Estate Residents Association


Conference of Irish Historians in Britain


Corpus Christi Youth Centre


Drumstand Community Partnership CLG TA Lough Allen Education Centre


Dún Uladh


Fellowship of Messines


Fighting Words


Forge Family Research Centre


Forthspring Inter Community Group


Gallery Of Photography


Harmony Community Trust /Glebe House


Irish Central Area Border Network (ICBAN)


Kids Own Publishing Partnership


Lincoln Courts Youth & Community Association


Mornington Community Project


Newry Maritime Association


Newtownabbey Arts & Cultural Network


Newtowncunningham Great War Society






Omagh Support & Self Help Group


Peace Players International - Northern Ireland


Poetry Ireland


Portadown Rugby Football Club


Quaker Service


REACH Across


Red Shoe Multimedia


Rethinking Conflict


Rossinver Community Development Company Ltd.


Schomberg Society


Seagoe Youth Group


South Down Action for Healing Wounds (SDAHW)


St.Peter's Immaculata Youth Centre


Strabane AFC


Teach na Failte


Truth and Reconciliation Platform


University of Liverpool


University of Salford and King's College London




Youth Initiatives NI