Wednesday 22 May 2019

€140,000 IFI funding boost for Ardee and District Community Trust

Paddy Harte.
Paddy Harte.

An Ardee organisation which provides support to local young people has benefited from €140,000 funding from the International Fund for Ireland.

The funding was part of almost €1.5m distributed by the organisation to support those delivering much needed interventions with the community sector. Ardee and District Community Trust aims to support at risk local young people and challenge the issues and control in the area by paramilitary organisations. It will support groups involved to develop their capacity and their relationship and to facilitate the development of comprehensive youth and community support services and infrastructure.

Nine community based initiatives across Northern Ireland and the southern border counties benefited from the fund.

Paddy Harte, the new Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland says: 'The biggest challenge we are currently facing is uncertainty and the fear of the unknown. The IFI will continue to engage in marginalised communities and put a sharp focus on improving cross-border relationships in order to address legacy issues and achieve positive and lasting transformation.'

Damien McKenna Programme Coordinator with Ardee and District Community Trust adds: 'Our project provides a much need service in the mid Louth area through inter-generational work as well as working with young people, community/parenting groups and the LGBTI+ community. The continued support from the IFI allows us to make a difference.

We plan to extend our youth service as well as build new community initiatives and aim to build cross-border and cross-community relationships to help residents understand the impact of The Troubles from a more rounded perspective.'

Drogheda Independent