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Bairbre de Brún visits peace and reconciliation centre in South Belfast

11 April, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this morning visited a peace and reconciliation project and paid tribute to the 'vital all-Ireland and cross community work which it has undertaken.'

Ms de Brún visited the offices of the Horizon project in South Belfast to learn more about their work in exploring diversity, inclusion, special educational needs, social awareness and community development.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work undertaken by Horizon. This is a shining example of the type of work that European PEACE funding helps to support.

"This organisation provides a safe space for young people from across Ireland to engage with each other. On my visit, I was given a sense of the work carried out, through the organisation of school exchange visits, provision of youth leadership training, residential weekends and work around the theme of citizenship.

"Programmes such as this require continued support if they are to continue to function effectively as a valuable resource for young adults. Horizon is also well-placed to make a key contribution to the future development of citizenship as an element of the curriculum here. Continued joint support from both Departments of Education on the island and through the EU PEACE programme can ensure the longer term survival for this very exciting and worthwhile project.

"As a former teacher, I have been very impressed by what I have seen of Horizon. They have a clear grasp of the changing nature of society here and the opportunity now available to us to celebrate diversity and to build on the contribution made by people from across the social spectrum. Those committed to building, promoting and celebrating diversity in all its forms will undoubtedly find working with this project a very rewarding experience." ENDS

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