Are we lacking in our individual ambition now we have ‘peace’?

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA in London (one of the very few organisations of which I am member) is speaking in Belfast later today as the Peace III funding comes to a close. Having reviewed some of the patterns of funding, it is part of Matthew’s thinking that if there is a deficit in those patterns, it has been in the area of innovation (something many would argue is not generally served particularly well by the long lead …

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Peace jargon like this tells us nothing

The Londonderry Sentinel whom God preserve, reported the following story” “Forum held to encourage Protestant participation” The Gateway to Protestant Participation (GPP) hosted its second major discussion forum in the Mellon Country Inn, Omagh, with the aim of encouraging Protestant groups to get involved in good relations projects. OK tell me more. The GPP is a strategic programme designed to encourage the participation of the Protestant community by promoting a shared sense of belonging and addressing issues of marginalisation and …

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“But that money can only be delivered if we deliver…”

Via Newshound.  The Impartial Reporter has some interesting quotes relating to what’s been happening on the ground in Newtownbutler. A source close to the residents of Newtownbutler revealed that when [Sinn Fein Councillor and Chairman of the Newtownbutler Residents Association Thomas] O’Reilly brought the proposal back to the residents, he told them that cross-community money was available through the Peace 3 Programme if they “delivered”. According to our source, Mr. O’Reilly said: “Over the past couple of years there has been some talks …

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