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PEACE funding making huge impact on the ground

31 March, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún speaking after a visit to the Family Caring Centre and other projects in Rathenraw, Antrim where she met with community activists based in estates throughout Antrim to discuss issues around the design and delivery of PEACE III, has said that EU Peace funding was having a huge impact on the ground. Local Sinn Fein Antrim councillor Anne Marie Logue accompanied Ms de Brún.

Speaking after the visit Ms de Brún said:

"It is clear that many of the projects that have been supported by EU Peace funding have a very positive impact on their communities. There is a wealth of local expertise, knowledge and skills that has developed through projects such as the Family Caring Centre in Rathenraw. I was very impressed with what I saw during my visit in terms of delivery to the local community and advancing peace and reconciliation in the Antrim area as a whole.

"This visit to Rathenraw is part of a series of engagements with local communities and projects to see first hand initiatives that have benefited from Peace funding and to encourage them to participate in debate around the anticipated PEACE III programme.

"It is essential that local communities have an active role in the discussions about the PEACE III fund. Sinn Féin is keen to facilitate this debate.

"In discussions with the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, Danuta Hubner, and with both the British and Irish governments, I have stressed that local communities must be actively involved in all stages of the planning and design of the Peace III programme.

"Sinn Féin firmly believes that PEACE III priorities should be focused on the promotion of peace and national reconciliation and on tackling discrimination and disadvantage." ENDS

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