Thirteen trainees complete restorative justice course
COMMUNITY Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI) rounded out a two year project funded by Louth County Development Board Peace and Reconciliation Partnership with an awards ceremony in Muirhevnamor last week.
CRJI were the lead partner in delivering this project aimed at building positive relations at a local level throughout Louth.
The objectives included understanding multicultural issues and promoting relationship building through a restorative approach.
After multiple local meetings throughout Dundalk, Mid-Louth and the Cooley Peninsula, 13 participants applied to complete a ten week course in Restorative Practices.
The trainees along with representatives of civic and community life attended the certificate presentation evening in Muirhevnamor Community Centre.
The OCN Level II Accredited Certificates were presented by Seán Mag Uidhir (Trainer) and Ewan Morgan (Project Manager).
Speaking at the event, Ewan Morgan congratulated the trainees on completing this innovative programme and wished them well in further identifying and developing restorative practices locally in partnership with Louth County Council.
Mr. Morgan said the newly trained group of practitioners will compliment the recent all-island restorative conference, opened by Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter, which took place in Dundalk last month.
The conference titled 'Restorative Connections' concentrated on developing a roadmap with the purpose of introducing restorative thinking.
It also focussed on providing space for discussions on restorative practice across all levels of society, promoting and building long lasting relationships across Ireland to further develop the innovative concept of restorative approaches.