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Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey elected Joint Chair of Peace III Southern Cluster Partnership

24 September, 2008

Monday 22nd September saw the launch of the Peace III Southern Cluster Partnership in the Boardroom of Newry and Mourne District Council. At the inaugural meeting of the full partnership Councillor Casey was elected joint chair of the partnership along with Craigavon's James McCammick.

Speaking after the event Cllr Casey said:

"I am very pleased to have been nominated to jointly chair this project. It is also a great boost for our Council to chair the partnership for its first year. There is a long way to go and a lot of hard work and meetings scheduled for the future and I look forward to the challenge." Críoch

Note to Editors

On the partnership in total there are 16 councillors, 4 from each partner district. Newry, Banbridge, Armagh, Craigavon. As well as that there are 16 social partners (lay people) and 4 places for the statutory agencies. Newry and Mourne District Council is the lead partner in the Southern Cluster.

The overall objective of the Peace III Programme is to reinforce progress towards reconciliation in a peaceful and stable society in the North and border counties.

The Peace III Programme will focus on two strategic objectives. 1, Reconciling communities, 2 Contributing to a shared society.

The requested amount (BUDGET) is £4,263,571. Of the overall total 30% of the budget must be used on cross border projects.

At yesterdays inaugural meeting of the full partnership Councillor Charlie Casey from NMDC was elected as joint chair of the partnership alongside Dr James McCammick from Craigavon. It had been agreed earlier that a councillor and a lay person from the social partners would be joint chairs.

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