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Sunday 21 September 2014

Peace-building course group enjoys tour of Dáil Eireann

Alison Comyn

Published 11/12/2013 | 05:28

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A TOUR around Dublin Castle, followed by dinner in Leinster House and a guided tour of Dail Eireann, were just some of the perks for participants in a very successful peace building and conflict resolution course in Connect Family Resource Centre in Moneymore.

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The aim of the six-week course 'Conflict and Peace Building' training is to equip course participants with the knowledge and skills to be able to better address various local issues and challenges.

It is hoped the project will bring local people together to explore conflict, inequality, diversity, individual responsibility and the power of communities.

Councillor Pio Smith worked with the Connect house to secure funding for the project.

'I was at a council meeting about a year ago and learned about the availability of Peace 111 funding for community projects,' he told the Drogheda Independent. 'At that time Dr. Katy Walsh was running a similar course in Drogheda and I suggested to some of the staff that it would be a good idea if they could attend the course as I believed that it could be adapted for local communities.'

So in early 2013, they sat down to explore what topics they would like to have on a local community level course and settled on six: identity and belonging, dealing with conflict, conflict on the island of Ireland, dealing with difference, building peace building communities and building community in Moneymore.

'I would like to congratulate all 12 of the participants who successfully completed the course. They have learned skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The climax to the course was a day trip to Leinster House, where the group met with local TD Gerald Nash, and given a guided tour as well as a dinner.

Drogheda Independent

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