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Cross-Border Co-operation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (282)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

282. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the details of his Department’s current cross-Border initiatives, goods and or services committed to and the funding allocated to each for 2021, 2022 and 2023, in tabular form. [53863/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

My Department currently provides funding for cross-border initiatives in the context of its financial contribution to the North West Development Fund and through its operation of the Reconciliation Fund over many years.

I am happy to confirm that the Department recently arranged payment of a supplementary allocation of €1 million by the Government towards the North West Development Fund, which supports strategic collaboration between Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council to address the particular needs of the North West and drive growth across the region.

The funding allocation reflects a commitment made by the Government as part of the New Decade, New Approach agreement.

The North West Development Fund is supported by both the Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Northern Ireland Executive. Meetings of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership bring together representatives of the two Councils and senior officials from the Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive to discuss strategic development priorities for the North West.

This is evidence of our strong commitment to supporting local authorities in working together on a cross-border basis to promote economic and social development in the border region.

This funding will allow the continuation of important collaborative work which has been underway since 2015, and brings to €6 million the total contributed to the Fund by the Irish Government (€3.5m) and the Northern Ireland Executive (€2.5m).

Through my Department’s Reconciliation Fund, the Government also provides support for civil society organisations working to promote reconciliation and create better understanding between communities in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain. The Fund has supported over 3,000 projects with more than €60 million in grant funding since its establishment in 1982.

The operation of the Reconciliation Fund is essentially cross-border in nature, with the vast majority of the funding awarded by my Department going either directly to groups working within Northern Ireland or to southern based organisations working in peacebuilding on a North-South basis. The projects supported can build meaningful links across communities, addressing the issues that are impacting on their lives, including sectarianism, and working to create better understanding between people and traditions on the island of Ireland.

The annual budget for the Fund was increased from €2.7 million to €3.7 million with effect from 2019 and in the New Decade New Approach agreement the Government committed to maintaining that level of funding.

In light of the Government’s continuing commitment to supporting the work of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland, and recognising in particular, the impact of Brexit and the effects of Covid-19 on the organisations we support, the budget of the Reconciliation Fund will see a further increase this year, with the total of grants awarded likely to reach €4.0 million by the end of the year. My intention is that this will be increased further to €5.0 million in 2022.

To date in 2021, the Reconciliation Fund has awarded grants of almost €2.8 million. The list of organisations awarded funding is provided below in tabular format. A further tranche of grants will be awarded before the end of this year when ongoing funding rounds have been completed.

Decisions on grants to be awarded during 2022 and 2023 have yet to be taken, but once awards are made in the context of our funding rounds during that period, information on those grants will be made available on the Department’s website.

Reconciliation Fund grants awarded in 2021

No.

Organisation

Amount in €

1

4 Corners Festival

25,100

2

An Gaeláras Ltd

12,268

3

Ardoyne Association

9,800

4

Ardoyne Youth Club

9,891

5

Banbridge Rugby Football Club

6,110

6

Bardic Educational Arts and Media

9,980

7

Belfast Charitable Society

2,700

8

Belfast International Arts Festival

40,000

9

British-Irish Association

40,000

10

Centre for Cross Border Studies

70,500

11

Centre for Democracy and Peace Building

20,000

12

Cinemagic

18,000

13

City Centre Initiative

12,000

14

Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum

9,971

15

Clones Family Resource Centre CLG

34,245

16

Clooney estate Residents Association

9,950

17

Community Dialogue

40,000

18

Conradh na Gaeilge

45,000

19

Cookstown Youth Football

9,990

20

Co-operation Ireland

47,200

21

Co-operation Ireland

67,000

22

Co-operation Ireland

72,000

23

Co-operation Ireland

75,000

24

County Fermanagh Super Cup NI

3,600

25

Cregagh Wanderers Football Club

3,000

26

Creggan Enterprises Limited

25,000

27

CRIS - Community Relations In Schools

60,161

28

DCU Institute for International Conflict Resolution

55,303

29

Dialogue For Diversity

9,922

30

Diversity Challenges

11,359

31

Dorsey Emmets GFC

6,000

32

Ellen Finlay

8,150

33

Eoghan Rua CLG

8,000

34

Gasyard Wall Féile

18,000

35

Glebeside Community Association Ltd

8,000

36

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

327,186

37

Glengormley Amateur Boxing Club

4,000

38

Greenisland Football Club

3,980

39

Healing Through Remembering

37,000

40

Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

35,000

41

Intercomm Ireland Ltd

22,200

42

Intercomm Ireland Ltd

101,848

43

Irish Gallery of Photography DAC

15,000

44

Irish Gallery of Photography DAC

23,250

45

Irish Studies University of Liverpool

41,700

46

Kabosh

14,447

47

Lincoln Courts Youth and Community Association

9,950

48

Longford Women's Link

42,639

49

Naíscoil na Seolta

15,000

50

National Women`s Council of Ireland

36,205

51

New Belfast Community Arts Initiative (T/A Community Arts Partnership)

30,546

52

Newhill Football Club

1,660

53

Newtownbutler First Fermanagh's GFC

6,000

54

Newtowncunningham Orange Hall

9,990

55

NI Youth forum

100,163

56

North-West Cultural Partnership

47,368

57

Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

27,730

58

Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association

3,000

59

Passionist Peace and Reconciliation Office (Holy Cross, Ardoyne)

50,000

60

Pat Finucane Centre Limited (Justice for the Forgotten)

34,888

61

PeacePlayers International - Northern Ireland (PPI-NI)

39,080

62

Places of Sanctuary Ireland

20,412

63

Presbyterian Church in Ireland

17,250

64

R City Youth CIC

9,315

65

Rasharkin & District Rural Cultural & Educational Society

6,000

66

Royal Ulster Constabulary Athletic Association

23,010

67

Saint Patrick Centre

14,000

68

Schomberg Society Kilkeel Limited

40,000

69

Shared History Interpretive project (SHIP)

5,000

70

Smashing Times Theatre Company

32,128

71

St Eugene's Cathedral

20,000

72

St Louis House Youth Group

7,000

73

St Matthews F.C.

5,450

74

St. Mary’s, Rasharkin GAC

6,000

75

St. Pauls ABC

8,000

76

Strabane Athletic Football Club

4,000

77

The Bloody Sunday Trust

60,000

78

The Churches Trust Ltd

28,000

79

The Corrymeela Community

100,000

80

The Goliath Trust

5,000

81

The Junction Community Relations & Peace Building Initiative

29,060

82

The Wheel

70,000

83

Troubles Tragedy And Trauma

14,505

84

Truth and Reconciliation Platform

20,000

85

Ullans Speakers Association

6,700

86

Ulster Badminton

5,600

87

University of Huddersfield

60,000

88

WAVE Trauma Centre

30,000

89

Wordwell Ltd

3,770

90

Wordwell Ltd

8,553

91

Youth Link: NI

71,741

92

YouthAction Northern Ireland

63,950

Total of grants awarded

€2,777,474

PLUS: Funding allocation to Embassy of Ireland London (for centenaries programme - Lavery exhibition)

€35,000

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