From its commencement in 1994 until its end in 2014, all political parties from Ireland, North and South and the main parties from Britain participated in this programme. Over 50 weekend residential workshops were held. Nearly all the dialogue workshops were inclusive and multilateral, and attempted to bring all the parties in the conflict together over a period of time but not necessarily in each workshop. Occasionally bilateral workshops were offered when particular political relations need to be addressed. Three main ground rules were in operation:
Political Dialogue Workshops
- Participants controlled the agenda
- Glencree controlled the process
- Participant’s provided feedback of new understandings and political analysis to their party without attributing specific remarks to individuals
From time to time Glencree facilitated meetings between politicians from different parties to discuss specific issues or provided support and encouragement to politicians in furthering issues related to peacebuilding.