“still much to be done in those communities that have not previously, or only partially, engaged in peace building and reconciliation activities…”

The Irish Times reports on, what would appear to be, the International Fund for Ireland’s (IFI) response to the Northern Ireland First and deputy First Ministers bullshit distraction about “Building a United Community”.  From the Irish Times report “The community transformation strategy recognises the new reality on the ground and looks to support communities that are still affected by the threat of violence,” said the IFI chairman Dr Adrian Johnston. “It is particularly focused on addressing the root causes of sectarianism and, in …

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Contested Space Programme: “What’s strange is that we haven’t heard anything about this until now…”

On 22 January, after the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) announced their £2million Peace Walls Programme, I asked about the absence of OFMdFM’s £4million Contested Space Programme – announced in March last year. On 27 January the Northern Ireland Executive Junior Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson, launched the Early Years Faces and Spaces – Children’s Shared Spaces project – “funded jointly by OFMDFM and Atlantic Philanthropies Contested Spaces programme.” The Junior Minister’s statement is somewhat short on detail, but the ‘notes …

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“local communities need help – particularly funding and local political leadership”

In June last year The Detail’s John Breslin was asking questions of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), and the “significant amount of money under its control, or on the way, that has not yet been either allocated, or is in the hands of, particular projects.” On Thursday last week the IFI announced a Peace Walls Programme with an initial allocation of £2million, and invited “expressions of interest from community organisations for financial assistance”.  According to the IFI press release Dr Denis Rooney CBE, Chairman …

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IFI: “It is therefore incorrect to say the fund has an uncommitted surplus.”

The Detail’s John Breslin interviewed the chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Denis Rooney, about the ongoing campaign to re-instate funding.  But when he asked about the accounts, he was referred elsewhere.  From The Detail report The Detail wanted to talk to someone from the organisation able to walk through the accounts. That did not happen despite two e-mails sent over two weeks ago asking for an interview with someone familiar with the accounts. As of September 2010, the …

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IFI’s US Congress funding: “I can’t believe somebody’s trying to bring this back.”

Will the efforts of two horsemen of the apocalypse congressmen result in the ‘earmarking’ of US Congress’ funding of the International Fund for Ireland?  The coup de grace on that funding was supposed to have been delivered some time ago…  The Washington Post reports on the debate over whether the attempt by New York Reps. Peter King [R] and Joseph Crowley [D], who cite “diplomatic reasons” for their efforts, constitutes an congressional earmark – which are currently banned. From the Washington Post report In …

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IFI funding “coup de grace”?

I had thought that this Irish Echo report meant that the US Congress had de-funded the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).  But, as Mark Devenport notes, the Washington Post reported on Monday that the “coup de grace” could be due today.  From the Washington Post report Also, in an odd sense of timing, an international fund for Ireland would lose $17 million, a proposal backed by the State Department. The Senate could vote to eliminate those funds, and others, on Thursday …

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US Congress de-funds International Fund for Ireland

Mick noted in December US-Ireland Alliance founder Trina Vargo’s comment that the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) was “on the chopping block” for the US Congress.  And in a follow-up post Trina Vargo added, for clarity This is from the US Congress’ Joint Explanatory Statement accompanying Division F of the FY 10 Consolidated Appropriations Act: “The conferees expect that the assistance provided in this Act will be the final United States contribution to the IFI.” What about that is unclear? And that …

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Peace Processing: “…people often didn’t know when to claim victory and move on”

Interesting little piece from Trina Vargo who says support in the US Houses of Congress for the International Fund for Ireland is coming to an end now budget cutting Republicans have taken over the lower house. Trina makes an interesting general point, not least about some of the functions of the Peace Process™ years: The Republicans control the House now and a House staffer just told me that the IFI is ‘on the chopping block’. Republicans in the House introduced …

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