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Good Friday Agreement Committee hears from Community Restorative Justice

18 October, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD


The Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee today heard from Harry Maguire of Community Restorative Justice Ireland and Debbie Watters of the Alternatives Project on best practise and experience in delivering from restorative justice.

Speaking at the meeting Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty said;

“Community based restorative justices projects have proven their worth in communities across the north. These projects have developed international best practice in developing and addressing antisocial behaviour and criminality within communities.

“These approaches complement and work with the existing criminal justice system and delivers cost effective, just and successful outcomes for communities.”

Martin Ferris TD added;

“The Good Friday Agreement Committee allows for the sharing of best practise on cross border issues. Today we heard from groups based in the north that are international leaders in the field of community based justice.

“It is clear that the lessons and successes of these projects could and should be replicated in communities across the island. These projects would be an effective model to tackle anti-social and criminality as part of the criminal justice system.”

ENDS

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