Statement from Glencree in response to Taoiseach’s address on Shared Island Unit


22/10/2020: Barbara Walshe, Chair of Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation welcomed today’s announcement by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on the role and priorities of the new Shared Island Unit in his Department.

She particularly welcomed the announcement of a Shared Island Dialogue Series and commented:

“To sustain peace on the island and between people across the islands, we have a duty of care to work consistently, collaboratively and with determined focus to foster good relationships, build trust and consensus. This will involve challenging persistent myths and stereotypes we have of each other through dialogue and the rebuilding of fractured relationships.

The announcement by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin of a new effort to support dialogue on a Shared Island is strongly welcomed by the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.  Since 1974 our experience in facilitating dialogue continues to demonstrate the value of bringing people together to talk, listen and seek to understand each other. These are cornerstones of building and maintaining respectful relationships and shared interest to create the conditions for better futures for us today, for our children and for future generations on this island and between people across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain.”

About Glencree:

Glencree ( was established in 1974 and works tirelessly to promote peace, reconciliation, and inclusivity on the islands of Ireland and Britain.  Glencree played an important role in the Northern Ireland peace process and has engaged in practical peacebuilding and reconciliation in Ireland, north and south, and internationally. Today, Glencree works with individuals and communities impacted by conflict including victims/survivors, combatants, women, refugee and migrant communities, and other vulnerable minorities. As well as our ongoing work on the island of Ireland, our perspective and expertise has been shared in more than ten conflict and post-conflict countries around the globe.


Barbara Walshe, Chair, Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation