Cllr McGeough believes the peace fund will help groups

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Cllr McGeough believes the peace fund will help groups

Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat@DundalkDemocrat

Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has welcomed the allocation of the of €3.5 million to Louth County Council under the Louth Peace IV Programme.

Cllr McGeough said: “I would encourage community groups in the county to explore this option and make submissions to this Action Plan as it will be for the benefit of the community as a whole,” Cllr McGeough said.

“The theme of the Louth Peace IV Action Plan will be ‘building positive relations’ and the idea is to provide shared spaces and services across different groups from different cultures and backgrounds. It is aimed at young people to help develop a greater understanding and respect for diversity and help them celebrate and respect each other’s culture and to help them learn to live and socialise together free from hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

“If your community group or individuals are interested then please submit your project details with a view to being considered for the Louth Peace IV Action Plan at www.louthcoco.ie or you can contact either myself or any of the Sinn Féin team.”

The Peace Programme is a cross-border initative financed through the European Regional Development Fund of the the EU.

The Louth Action Plan is divided into three sections:

- Children and young people. Shared Space Projects. Building Positive Relations.

- Children and Young People will be allocated €736,970.

- Shared Space Projects €1,245,273.

- Building Positive Relations €1,524,909.

It is anticipated that this funding will contribute towards the development of social and economic stability in Louth through the PEACE IV Cooperation Programme which will promote increased cohesion between communities.

The funding will be directed in a targeted way in response to the needs of local communities that have been identified in the Peace IV Action Plan which will seek indicators of tangible outcomes and change to be achieved in local communities during the lifetime of the plan.

It will focus particularly on women, victims and survivors, representatives from communities with low social capital, young people, older people, faith communities, those experiencing disability arising from the legacy of violence and ex-prisoners.

Closing date for written submissions: 5pm on July 1 2016 to marie.ocallaghan@louthcoco.ie