Wednesday 18 October 2017

Peace and Leadership Institute plan for Curragh

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney
Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

The Curragh is set to become the site for a €100m investment in a new Peace and Leadership Institute, with work set to commence on the project next year.

The Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney outlined his plans during an address at the Kofi Anan International Peace Training Centre in Accra, Ghana, yesterday.

The visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of Ireland joining the UN, which kick-started over 65,000 tours of duty by Irish soldiers over the intervening decades.

With €10m already committed to the project for next year, Mr Coveney envisages the facility being managed by the military, but with the modules delivered by top universities such as Oxford and Yale.

"I feel very strongly that people who are willing to put their lives on the line and go out to foreign countries to help total strangers deserve the best of facilities. So this will be a centre for excellence of international renown," said Mr Coveney at the event.

He also outlined plans to form a special women´s unit in the army to deal with women and communities damaged by gender-based violence.

Irish Independent

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