5/7/22: On Friday 1st July 2022, the Glencree Legacy of Violence team celebrated the achievements of the Peace IV-funded ‘Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue’ programme over the past five years. Hosted at the Glencree Centre in Co. Wicklow and with guests also joining virtually, the event featured programme participants and representatives from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), The Executive Office, Northern Ireland, and the Department of Rural and Community Development.
During the event, the Glencree team, led by CEO Naoimh McNamee, spoke of the work with 4 victims & survivors groups encompassing 178 group members, 1,229 participants and 2,360 engagements across the 5 years of the legacy project. Speakers including Gareth Johnston, Deputy Secretary for Good Relations & Inclusion at the N.I. Executive Office and Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, SEUPB, reiterated the importance of the project in ensuring the needs of victims and survivors are being met, in providing a space to come together and be heard and have their pain acknowledged, and of the importance of sharing learnings from these dialogues on a national and International basis.
Also speaking at the event, Glencree Legacy of Violence Programme Manager, Roisin McGlone, said: “This closure event is a celebration of the groups and participants on this unique and ground-breaking programme. We want to first and foremost thank all of those group members who gave so generously of their time and commitment. Engagement in this project took much courage on their part and was both challenging and risk-taking.” Glencree Chair, Barbara Walshe also spoke of Glencree's past work with victims and survivors and in particular the LIVE Programme (Let's Involve the Victim's Experience'), which started in Glencree in 1998 and ran for 10 years.
In 2018, Glencree was awarded European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding under the PEACE IV Programme for the ‘Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue’ (LOV) project. Match-funding was provided by The Executive Office, Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The overall project aim was to create meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between victims and survivors’ groups, and representatives of groups and individuals with differing interpretations of what happened in Northern Ireland’s past. Primary participants were drawn from four hard-to-reach victims and survivors’ groups in Northern Ireland. A crucial aspect of the project was the co-design of the process and activities by these key participant groups.
Throughout the 5-year lifetime of the LOV project:
The Glencree project team have also shared learnings and disseminated programme findings including the:
Victims & Survivors Group Member, speaking at a cross-community facilitated dialogue
Fergus O’ Dowd, TD, speaking at an LOV roundtable event in Dublin Castle.
Glencree's 'Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue' project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
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