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. This funding is for regional level projects that result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities. Match-funding was provided by The Executive Office, Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The overall project goal was to create meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between Victims/Survivors Groups (V/S Groups), and representatives of groups and individuals with differing interpretations of what happened in Northern Ireland’s past.
With an initial 4-year lifecycle, following disruption to programme activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an eight-month extension was granted to August 2022. Currently in post-project evaluation, the outcomes, group feedback and lessons learned will be used to inform Glencree's future reconciliatory / legacy work with V/S groups, and the work of other V/S groups, interest groups, academics, policymakers and practitioners in this field.
More than two decades after the signing of the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement, Northern Ireland and the border counties continued to remain deeply divided along communal lines. A contributing factor to this divide is the inadequacy of the Agreement and subsequent political efforts to address the legacy of past violence. The deficit is most acutely felt in the divisive relationship between victims and survivors groups and the individuals, groups, and institutions perceived to have inflicted harm upon them in the past. The Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue (LOV) project was designed to promote and facilitate contact between these groups, and share learnings from these dialogues on a national and International basis.