‘A stronger role for civic society must be central to getting government back’

International peace negotiator John McKinney has urged the political parties to include a stronger role for civic society in a reformed structure of governance for Northern Ireland.  John – a former chief executive of the Special EU Programmes Body and of Omagh District Council – was speaking in the latest Forward Together podcast. Asked how civil society in Northern Ireland should be strengthened, John says: “I don’t think we have a framework adequate to do it.  I think we had …

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PEACE III Conference (2 September) – showcasing conflict storytelling @SEUPB

What has Europe ever done for us? Roads, infrastructure, trading opportunities, the annual song contest and ‘peace’ money … Next Tuesday a public conference organised by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) in The MAC will showcase some of the projects funded to the tune of €21million by the EU’s PEACE III programme over the last seven years. From 9am-2pm, the conference and associated workshops plan to use dramatic performance and film as part of the showcasing of projects which …

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