Twelve Organisations in Louth are to receive €2.3 million for peace projects

The funding has been awarded to twelve groups and organisations in Louth for peace building projects by the PEACE III Programme

The funding has been awarded to twelve groups and organisations in Louth for peace building projects by the PEACE III Programme

County Louth PEACE III Partnership held an awards night in the Fairways Hotel, Dublin Road, Dundalk on Tuesday, May 15 to announce the groups and organisations who had successfully secured funding for a wide range of peace building projects in the county.

An additional e1 million in funding remains to be allocated up to December 2013.

Louth County Manager Conn Murray paid tribute to the PEACE III Secretariat for their work in bringing the programme to this stage.

“The Partnership, now constituted of 20 members, representing a broad range of statutory and community and voluntary agencies played a pivotal role in the allocation of these awards through their involvement in the development and assessment of each proposal.”

“It has not been an easy chore for you, but I am sure you will derive satisfaction from the engagement of the communities and areas targeted in our plan. I look forward to witnessing the outcomes achieved by the projects.”

Michael Curran, PEACE III Partnership Secretary said: “It has been my privilege to issue Letters of Offer to 12 groups in the sum of e1.3 million.”

Some of the projects which have been awarded funding include Comhairle na nOg Dundalk - a youth peace building and networking programme - which is being delivered by Louth County Development Board Secretariat. It received e68,000.

A capacity building support programme for target and minority communities, which is being delivered by Co Louth VEC, received e224,000.

Meanwhile, a project by Louth Minorities Ethnic Consortium which focuses on the integration of target communities into mainstream society received e185,000.

An ethnic entrepreneurship programme run by Louth County Enterprise Board (LCEB) was awarded e90,000. The aim of the project is

“capacity building for target groups to participate in the business community”.

Pictured (L-R) are: Geraldine Donaghy, Community Restorative Justice (CRJ); Conn Murray, Chairman County Louth Peace III Partnership; Eamonn O’Connor, CRJ; Noeleen Haughey, CRJ at the County Louth PEACE III Partnership awards.