In an exclusive interview with the Northern Ireland Foundation, Professor Paul Nolan elaborated various aspects of the first edition of the Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Report, which was funded by the Joseph Roundtree Charitable Trust and published by the Community Relations Council.
A pilot programme of the National Citizen Service (NCS), sponsored by the UK Cabinet Office, will bring together young people from different community backgrounds in Northern Ireland.
Tony Macauley, an independent development and management consultant, highlighted the successes and remaining challenges in Northern Ireland’s peace building project. Mr Macauley spoke at a roundtable discussion on the voluntary and community sector’s experiences with EU PEACE programmes.
The national charity, Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), launched a Northern Ireland branch at the Waterfront arena in Belfast. The event was also to celebrate ‘how partnership working is paving the way forward’ in local community relations.
Jointly sponsored by the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and the Research and Information Service (RaISe) at the Northern Ireland Assembly, Professor Madeleine Leonard presented the findings of part of a five year research project, Conflict in Cities and the Contested State: Everyday Life and the Possibilities of Transformation in Belfast, Jerusalem and Other Divided Cities (www.conflictincities.org), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The aim of this research is to examine everyday life in a variety of divided cities at different stages of conflict or post-conflict, especially in Belfast and Jerusalem, but also in cities like Brussels, Berlin, Mostar, Nicosia, Berlin, Beirut, Tripoli and Kirkuk.