Equity Diversity Interdependence
Promoting a Peaceful and Fair
Society based on Reconciliation
and Mutual Trust.
06 December 2013The Community Relations Council adds its voice today to the tributes being paid to Nelson Mandela after news of his death at the age of 95 after a long illness. CRC Chief Executive, Jacqueline Irwin, said:
03 December 2013It has been a difficult period for those living and working at interfaces areas, particularly in an atmosphere of disputes and protests over flags and parades. But much positive interface work has been achieved over the last seven years and there have been some very encouraging lessons from the experience in Derry/Londonderry.
25 November 2013In the current decade of centenary anniversaries of events of the period 1912-22 one year that rests firmly in the folk memory of communities across Ireland, north and south, is 1916.
21 November 2013The Community Relations Council notes the report of the Attorney General’s suggestion that it may be time to put a stay on prosecutions in relation to conflict related offences prior to the signing of the Agreement.
15 November 2013Interface community groups are meeting with OFMDFM today (Friday 15 November) to help inform the process of developing proposals for interface barrier removal. At a meeting at Belfast Castle, facilitated by the Community Relations Council (CRC), over 60 people who work for organisations at the peacelines will offer their views to OFMDFM officials tasked with developing proposals on barrier removal as part of the Executive’s Together: Building A United Community strategy.
10 July 2013The Community Relations Council calls for calm in advance of the various parades over the Twelfth of July.
25 June 2013The Community Relations Council has appointed six new Members to its Board of Directors following an open and public recruitment process. The new members join 15 existing Members. The new Members are:
19 June 2013A positive message was sent out last night by young people from interface areas across Belfast. Over 50 young people living at interface areas across Belfast discussed their attitudes to the peacewalls with politicians at Stormont.
14 June 2013The Community Relations Council welcomes the statement issued today by the Prime Minister and the First and Deputy First Ministers linking investment in economic progress for Northern Ireland with investment in measures to build a shared future.
05 June 2013The board of the Community Relations Council has reviewed the OFMdFM policy document, Together: Building A United Community, which was launched on May 23. Given that details of implementation plans and budgets have still to be formulated, the board reviewed the document as a statement of policy intent. The Community Relations Council (CRC) will consider the policy further as the details unfold.
24 May 2013The Community Relations Council welcomes the release of OFMDFM’s detailed publication ‘Together: Building A United Community'.
22 May 2013Jackie Patton and Michael Doherty win CR Award for Exceptional Achievement
15 May 2013Launch Community Relations Week 2013, organised by the Community Relations Council at an event hosted by Derry City Council. Community Relations Week takes place from May 20 – May 26 with over 170 events across Northern Ireland on the theme ‘Expressing Identity –Addressing Division’.
10 May 2013The Community Relations Council welcomes the statement from the First and Deputy First Minister on ‘Together: Building a United Community’ as a further development of Good Relations policy and as a confidence building measure. The Council looks forward to the more detailed proposals which are to be published in two weeks.
23 April 2013Responding to the publication of the Ministerial Advisory Group’s Report, “Advancing Shared Education”, Community Relations Council Chief Executive, Jacqueline Irwin, said
17 April 2013The groundbreaking and courageous peace building work undertaken by community leaders across Northern Ireland is recognised annually in the Community Relations Award for Exceptional Achievement.
11 April 2013Responding to the Secretary of State’s call on the Northern Ireland Executive to produce the long awaited Shared Future strategy or risk the loss of economic assistance from central government, the Chairman of the Community Relations Council, Tony McCusker, stated that:
10 April 2013With support from PEACE III, the Irish Football Association will host a ‘Football for All’ seminar entitled ‘’Using Football to Break Down Barriers’. The seminar will highlight practical ways in which football can be used as a hook to promote good relations.
18 February 2013The postponement of Saturday’s Irish Premiership football match between Crusaders and Cliftonville on public safety grounds is regretted by the Community Relations Council.
06 December 2012‘The Community Relations Council has been to the forefront of work to build a shared future and to challenge society as a whole about the need for change,’ says Tony McCusker, CRC Chair, in the CRC’s Annual Report for 2011-12 launched today at a Live Issues Conference at the Stormont Hotel.
04 December 2012The violent scenes outside Belfast City Hall last night in reaction to the City Council decision on the flying of the Union flag have been deplored by the Community Relations Council.
26 November 2012First Multi-Ethnic Lifestyle & Society Magazine is launched in Northern Ireland
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12 November 2012The latest issue of the research journal Shared Space has been published by the Community Relations Council. Published twice a year the journal publicises current or recent research on the themes of peace, conflict and community relations in Northern Ireland.
22 October 2012Lisnaskea-based victims group South East Fermanagh Foundation in conjunction with the Community Relations Council today launched Research exploring the Effectiveness of Complementary Therapies on Trauma Related Illnesses.
27 September 2012Recent University of Ulster research on attitudes to peace lines has confirmed what was known from previous surveys and CRC’s own consultations, that in the long run most people living in interface areas would like to see the peace barriers come down.
06 September 2012The Community Relations Council welcomes the statement by the Royal Black Institution in which it apologises to priests and parishioners of St Patrick’s Church for any offence given during its parade in Belfast 25 August.
29 August 2012‘It is time for political and community leaders to demonstrate that there is a better way to allow the expression of cultural identity than by showing disrespect towards each other.’
26 June 2012Tony McCusker, CRC Chair, said, ‘The Council is pleased to announce its new appointment of Jacqueline Irwin as Chief Executive. This comes at a key moment in the development of the Council and its work and against a background of the NI Executive’s discussions of a strategy to promote a shared society. We wish Jacqueline well in directing us through the period ahead.
25 June 2012The Community Relations Council congratulates Rosie McCorley on her selection by Sinn Fein as a new MLA for West Belfast.
14 May 2012Sectarianism remains deeply rooted in Northern Ireland despite undoubted progress that has been made towards a more shared society, the Chairman of the Community Relations Council (CRC) says today (Monday May 14, 2012) as he kick-starts the 10th Community Relations Week. #CRWeek12
14 May 2012A youth activist who was centrally involved in managing community tensions on the interfaces of East Belfast just a week after donating a kidney to his ill son has been presented with a major award by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
08 March 2012Today a lecture series is being launched about the events of 100 years ago. How we understand the past provides the foundation for how we shape the future.
24 October 2013The Community Relations Council (CRC) welcomes the Minister of Education’s statement supporting recommendations for advancing shared education.
03 October 2013As a major element of the European Union’s Peace III Programme draws to a close a conference was held to acknowledge the significant work delivered by the various peace partnerships and to identify the lessons learned.
30 September 2013Events of 100 years ago, in the decade 1912-23, played a major part in shaping the Northern Ireland of today.
10 April 2013The Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Report covering the past year will be published today (Wednesday 10 April) by the Community Relations Council with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
01 November 2012The Community Relations Council has condemned the murder of a Prison Officer David Black while travelling on his way to work on the MI motorway.
23 August 2012The Community Relations Council (CRC) welcomes the decision of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) to investigate complaints of sectarian abuse and intimidation in the sport of boxing.
11 July 2012Tony McCusker, Chair of the Community Relations Council, says: ‘Tension around parades in Northern Ireland is not new. But much work has been done throughout the year, and over previous years, to avoid a return to the futile scenes of violent confrontation and destruction which have so damaged local communities at this time of year in the past.
18 April 2012The weekly series of public lectures to mark historic events of 100 years ago start again on Wednesday evening (18 April) at 7 pm after an Easter break. This week’s lectures take the theme of the Easter Rising. The venue for the series, which began last month, has now moved to Stranmillis University College, Drama Theatre, Belfast.
17 April 2012The Community Relations Council notes with sadness the death of Ray Davey, the founder of Corrymeela, Northern Ireland’s longest established peace organisation.
26 March 2012The Community Relations Council is holding its 9th annual Live Issues conference today in Belfast’s Wellington Park Hotel.
29 February 2012As we approach the 14th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement the first major stock-taking of the Northern Ireland peace process is just now being published. The Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Report, independently funded and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has been published by the Community Relations Council .
30 January 2012The Community Relations Council has welcomed the attendance of First Minister Peter Robinson at the Gaelic football final in Armagh on Saturday.
20 January 2012The Community Relations Council (CRC) has condemned the bombing in Derry city centre last night which occurred near the visitor and convention bureau.
15 December 2011The Community Relations Council (CRC) bids farewell this week to its Chief Executive Duncan Morrow who returns to the University of Ulster after nine years in charge of CRC.
14 December 2011A conference addressing the issues of interface areas is being held today at Belfast City Hall. The conference, organised by the Community Relations Council (CRC), is part of a series of meetings between statutory and voluntary/community sector agencies and organisations with an interest in interface communities and barriers.
08 December 2011Those who assist the victims and survivors of the Troubles will be recognised and celebrated today in Omagh at a special Awards ceremony organised by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
21 November 2011A special conference designed to share experiences and best practice in the field of community relations and reconciliation took place in Belfast today (21st November 2011).
17 November 2011The Community Relations Council welcomes the publication today by the Executive of the Draft Programme for Government.
02 November 2011The Community Relations Council met with the Minister for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy MLA, last week as part of a series of meetings with Ministers to discuss community relations issues within their policy remit.
31 October 2011The Community Relations Council has welcomed the publication by OFMDFM of the responses to last year’s public consultation on the proposed Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration (CSI) together with the analysis of the responses by the independent consultant.
26 October 2011As part of a series of meetings with Ministers of NI Government Departments the Community Relations Council (CRC) this week met with Nelson McCausland to discuss community relations issues which arise within his policy remit.
14 October 2011The Community Relations Council (CRC) has condemned the series of violent attacks which have hit the headlines this week. These include the loyalist attack on a Polish family in Antrim, the loyalist attack on a mixed marriage couple and their child in East Belfast and the dissident republican bomb attack on the City of Culture office in Derry.
07 October 2011The Community Relations Council met with Department of Justice Minister David Ford MLA and his officials this week (6 October) as part of CRC’s round of briefings with Government Departments on community relations issues.
05 October 2011The Community Relations Council met with Department of Environment Minister Alex Attwood MLA this week (4 October) as part of CRC’s round of briefings with Government Departments on community relations issues. The CRC group included CEO Duncan Morrow and Policy Officer Kelan McClelland. They were met by the Minister together with the DoE Head of Policy Planning.
28 September 2011The Assembly Committee which oversees the work of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) today met members of the Community Relations Council’s Practitioners Forum at St Columb’s Park House in Derry/Londonderry as part of its outreach programme. The meeting was an opportunity for the MLAs to hear about the important work of community relations from those directly involved at a community level.
21 September 2011The Community Relations Council welcomes the statement by Justice Minister David Ford that he was keen to review the Peacewalls to determine which could be removed in the future.
19 September 2011The Community Relations Council has funded a ground breaking piece of research which evaluates the impact of complementary therapies on people’s physical and emotional health and in particular specific to trauma related illnesses resulting from the Troubles.
16 September 2011The Community Relations Council welcomes the official opening by Justice Minister David Ford of the new gate in the Alexandra Park fence in North Belfast and the work planned for the neighbouring Newington Street barrier.
02 September 2011The Community Relations Council (CRC) welcomes the interest shown by Belfast City councillors in exploring how the interface barriers which divide the city along sectarian lines might eventually be removed with the support of the local people who live in these areas.
28 June 2011The Community Relations Council (CRC) has commented on the latest research report from Queen’s University on the public display of flags and emblems.
24 June 2011The Community Relations Council held a meeting of community workers from across Belfast to discuss the riots in East Belfast.
22 June 2011The Community Relations Council (CRC) calls for an urgent halt to all rioting and violence in Short Strand and the Lower Newtownards Road and called for political and community leaders to distance themselves from all those who would draw them into conflict.
21 June 2011The Community Relations Council condemns the violence that took place last night in the Short Strand area of East Belfast during which hundreds of people engaged in hand to hand fighting, people and property were attacked and guns were fired.
15 June 2011The NI Assembly’s Regional Development Committee which met on 8 June 2011 has been briefed by the Community Relations Council and the Rural Community Network on the importance of addressing contested space outside Belfast and the potential impact this has on regional development opportunities.
10 June 2011The Community Relations Council has welcomed the comments of the Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday at the Northern Ireland Assembly in support of a shared future.
26 May 2011‘The Economic Case for Sharing’ - flagship event of Community Relations Week A reduction in corporation tax won’t have the desired effect as long as division continues to undermine the Northern Ireland economy, a major conference will hear today (Thursday May 26, 2011, Stormont Hotel from 9am to 2pm).
26 May 2011A Loyalist and a Republican have today been recognised together for their tireless work to break down division in North Belfast. Michael Acheson and Rab McCallum jointly received the annual Community Relations Award for Exceptional Achievement this afternoon (1.45pm) at the flagship event of Community Relations Week in the Stormont Hotel.
26 May 2011A Loyalist and a Republican have today been recognised together for their tireless work to break down division in North Belfast. Michael Acheson and Rab McCallum jointly received the annual Community Relations Award for Exceptional Achievement this afternoon (1.45pm) at the flagship event of Community Relations Week in the Stormont Hotel.
23 May 2011Thousands to mark Community Relations Week with 150 events
23 May 2011Community Relations Week 2011 begins today in a year that has already seen a number of significant symbolic gestures of connection that were until now, seemingly impossible including the formal acknowledgment that their respective countries are now “neighbours, equals, colleagues and friends” extended by President McAleese to the Queen last week.
20 April 2011The Community Relations Council (CRC) manages a Victims and Survivors Programme which is funded by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM). This has enabled it to provide grant support for projects engaged in this important work
19 April 2011The Community Relations Council today announced that its Chief Executive, Duncan Morrow is to leave the Council at the end of the year.
04 April 2011The Community Relations Council has condemned the murder of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr in Omagh.
21 March 2011On Monday, 21st of March the Community Relations Council and Heritage Lottery Fund will be hosting a one day conference at Belfast City Hall called ‘Remembering the Future’. The conference will focus on the potential impact of the forthcoming anniversaries of events such as the Ulster Covenant, Plantation and Easter Rising.
09 March 2011The decision by Derry City Council to erect a 170 metre fence at playing fields at Lisnagelvin has been regretted by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
09 March 2011Shared Housing was the theme of a seminar hosted today by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
24 February 2011Those involved in Theme 1.1 of the EU Peace Programme have held a special ‘Speak Your Peace’ conference today in Armagh on the work of the Peace III Partnerships. Hosted by the North-South consortium of the Community Relations Council and POBAL the conference was an opportunity to reflect on the work of Phase I of the programme, ‘Building Positive Relationships at local level’, as it prepares to move forward to Phase 2.
21 February 2011The Community Relations Council (CRC) has responded to the public consultation on the NI Executive’s draft budget proposals.
17 February 2011The Community Relations Council condemns the sectarian singing which took place among some Northern Ireland fans after last week’s football match in Dublin between Northern Ireland and Scotland.
27 January 2011The Community Relations Council welcomes the statistical annual report issued this week by OFMdFM updating Good Relations Indicators.
26 November 2010Segregation between Protestant/unionist and Catholic/nationalist communities is not confined to Belfast’s sectarian interfaces or ‘peacewalls’. It is also a prominent feature of many towns, villages and rural areas across Northern Ireland and along the border.
26 November 2010Over 100 volunteers trained to support victims and survivors of the Troubles received special certificates today and a ‘Gift of Time’ badge, in recognition of their work. The ‘Gift of Time’ ceremony, organised by the Community Relations Council (CRC), took place on Friday 26 November at the Silver Birches Hotel in Omagh.
22 November 2010A special conference designed to share innovations and best practice in peace building and reconciliation work took place in Belfast today (22nd November 2010).
27 October 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) today released its response to the NI Executive’s policy on Cohesion, Sharing and Integration. While welcoming the publication of the consultation document as a symbolic moment, CRC are critical of many of the aspects of the programme.
19 October 2010The Community Relations Council is holding a special conference on 19 October 2010, at the Stormont Hotel to discuss OFMDFM’s proposals for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration (CSI).
19 October 2010‘At a time of public sector cuts and threats to the global economy Northern Ireland cannot afford to delay or pass up the opportunity to build a more shared, cohesive and integrated society,’ according to Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council.
15 October 2010Young people’s knowledge of history and understanding of the past is partial at best and is loaded towards their own community. Just one in three people (30%) believed they were equally knowledgeable of both unionist and nationalist perspectives on the historical past and the Troubles. This is one of the main conclusions in a research report published today by the Community Relations Council.
05 October 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) has condemned the bombing in Derry this morning which damaged a bank, a hotel and several shops.
24 September 2010An arson attack on a community hall in North Belfast used by the 174 Trust has been condemned by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
23 September 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) has welcomed the launch of the North Belfast Respect Programme. The events in the programme will take place across North Belfast over the next five weeks and are being delivered on a cross-community partnership basis.
20 September 2010The attack on the Rasharkin home of the family of footballer Chris Baird has been condemned by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
15 September 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) has responded to the public consultation by OFMDFM on a Code of Conduct for Parades and Public Assemblies. While strongly supporting the production of a Code of Conduct CRC in its submission argues that the draft code needs to be clearer and more user-friendly.
07 September 2010The work of the Community Relations Council (CRC) in supporting victims and survivors of the Troubles has been praised in an independent report being launched today in Belfast’s Grosvenor House in front of 60 victim support organisations. The review was commissioned by the Community Relations Council but carried out by consultants Deloitte and independently managed by a review panel chaired by John Hunter, former Permanent Secretary in the NICS.
27 July 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) welcomes the publication of the Executive’s consultation on its draft Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration (CSI) document which was launched today by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.
14 July 2010The Community Relations Council has responded to the public consultation on the Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests Bill.
13 July 2010The last few days have seen the return of serious street rioting, including the firing of shots and baton rounds, and the use of petrol bombs in a number of places across Northern Ireland. Parades and protests continue to create real tensions which must now be addressed for the long term. CRC is convinced that the wider public has no appetite for a return to this sort of violence, and urges all those involved to stop before they set us down a path which we will all regret.
09 July 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) has condemned the arson attack last night on Barron Hall in Newtownabbey, the premises of Newtownabbey Community Relations Forum which is core-funded by CRC
22 June 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) has condemned a pipe bomb attack last night on the North Belfast home of a community relations worker who was recently honoured by a Community Relations Council Award for Exceptional Achievement.
17 June 2010On 21 June many people will be marking an annual Day of Reflection to acknowledge the deep hurt and pain caused by the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Almost 4,000 people were killed during the Troubles with countless more disabled or injured. Survivors and their families, friends and neighbours have suffered loss and trauma. We still witness violence and even death as a result of continuing sectarianism and its consequences.
15 June 2010The Community Relations Council welcomes the publication of the Saville Report after so many years.
08 June 2010The Community Relations Council warmly welcomes the comments of the newly installed moderator of the Presbyterian Church on the vital importance of acknowledging and addressing ongoing sectarianism.
24 May 2010The Community Relations Council has learnt with sadness today of the death of Dr David Stevens, the Leader of the Corrymeela Community.
11 May 2010Sixteen years after the ceasefires, twelve years after the Good Friday Agreement and three years after devolution, sectarianism continues to have real consequences for all of us.
29 April 2010Good Relations Forum Challenge Paper launched
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27 April 2010Northern Ireland won’t make meaningful progress along the road to reconciliation without bringing young people properly into the peace process, a high level conference in Belfast will hear today (Tuesday April 27, 2010).
27 April 2010The community worker recently subjected to a pipe bomb attack on her North Belfast home has been recognised for her tireless work to break down division in Northern Ireland.
26 April 2010Community Relations Council Chief Executive launches Community Relations Week and hits out at cuts by Department of Education to community relations youth work
14 April 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) has condemned a pipe bomb attack last night on the North Belfast home of a community relations worker who is a volunteer in a cross community project funded by the International Fund for Ireland through CRC.
02 April 2010The Community Relations Council has welcomed the announcement yesterday by OFMDFM that funding is to continue for work in support of victims and survivors of the Troubles.
11 March 2010The Community Relations Council has welcomed the Assembly decision this week to support the devolution of Policing and Justice responsibilities to the NI Executive.
11 March 2010The Community Relations Council is holding its annual practitioners conference today at the Armagh City Hotel.
04 March 2010Getting real about shared space is the theme of an important event being held today (Thursday 4 March) at Farset International on the west Belfast interface and organised by the Community Relations Council.
24 February 2010The Community Relations Council welcomes the announcement that the First Minister and deputy First Minister have agreed a community relations strategy for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration.
22 February 2010The Community Relations Council (CRC) has announced 12 core-funding grant awards to voluntary and community sector organisations engaged in community relations initiatives. In total these awards are worth over £530,000.
05 February 2010The Agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein, endorsed today at Hillsborough Castle by the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach, has been welcomed by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
08 January 2010The murder attempt on a police officer this morning in Randalstown is totally condemned by the Community Relations Council (CRC).
14 December 2009‘The opportunity of our time is for ‘real action for a new normal’ not ‘back to normal’’ says Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, in the Council’s Annual Review which is published today (Monday 14 December).
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14 December 2009The Community Relations Council today launched its latest research publication ‘The Challenges of Peace’ which summarises 11 research projects conducted under the EU Peace and Reconciliation Programme as a contribution to Peace-Building in Northern Ireland.
11 December 2009The Consortium of Community Relations Council and Pobal held a Conference, “Learning the Lessons, Planning for the Challenges Ahead” on Thursday 10th December for the fourteen Local Authority led Peace and Reconciliation Partnerships in Northern Ireland and the six southern border counties.
18 November 2009The Community Relations Council has appointed 10 new Members to its Board following an open and public recruitment process. The new members join 12 existing Members.
16 November 2009The PEACE III Theme 1.1 team from the Community Relations Council and Pobal held a workshop on Thursday 12th November for the District Council Peace Partnerships to discuss partnership working. Attendees gathered at the recently renovated Town Hall in Portrush and enjoyed a presentation by Jean Brown of Suffolk Lenadoon Interface Group who talked about the initial struggles in partnership working but the overall benefits. Jean commented that once a partnership is formed and sustained everything else can grow and be achieved from there.
22 October 2009The Community Relations Council has just published the eighth volume of its research journal Shared Space. Published twice a year the journal addresses themes of peace, conflict and community relations in Northern Ireland.
05 October 2009‘As we reach the fifteenth year of peace processing in Northern Ireland since the IRA and loyalist ceasefires of 1994 peace has proved to be a more complex and difficult process than can be imagined by pictures of former enemies united as leaders of a new dispensation.’
28 September 2009The Community Relations Council has expressed concern about the proposed victims and survivors service and is calling on victims groups to study the Executive’s proposals carefully as they will have significant consequences for the future of many groups.
16 September 2009Duncan Morrow responds to Hugh Orde's statement on Cohesion, Sharing and Integration.
16 September 2009The Community Relations Council has responded to the release today by Sinn Fein of its Rights and Respect document which sets out the party’s approach to Cohesion, Sharing and Integration.
10 September 2009Ten years since the release of the Patten Report what lessons have been learnt from the process of change in policing in Northern Ireland and how can they help build a new public sector on the basis of a shared rather than a divided society?
15 July 2009Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, says: ‘There is a horrible sense of déjà vu about all these events. But one thing we should know: Differences about parades cannot be resolved through violence. The evidence that violence around these issues deepens polarisation and prevents progress is evident from our history.
09 July 2009Sectarian Attacks The Community Relations Council condemns the attacks on four Catholic churches in Ballymena this morning.
06 July 2009Duncan Morrow, CRC’s Chief Executive, says: ‘Northern Ireland is a deeply divided society and the conflict which we have come through has created much suffering and hurt which will not be quickly or easily overcome. The Community Relations Council believes that in order for society to move forward in building a shared, inclusive and peaceful society we must deal effectively with our past. We propose that peace building is properly recognised as a process which allows communities to work through and beyond the legacies of the past. This will involve investing time and resources in building relationships which acknowledge both differences and interdependence.’
29 June 2009CRC Chief Executive Duncan Morrow says: ‘Putting weapons beyond use is a welcome decision by loyalist paramilitary organizations and we hope the process is taken to completion. The threat which these weapons represented cast a shadow over the peace process and both Catholic and Protestant communities. With the armed threat gone loyalists and nationalists should be encouraged to develop better relationships between their communities and build for a shared future.’
17 June 2009The Community Relations Council condemns the racist attacks on Romanians in South Belfast this week. Duncan Morrow, CRC Chief Executive says:
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26 May 2009The Community Relations Council (CRC) condemns the killing of community worker Kevin McDaid in Coleraine on Sunday and the attack on his wife and neighbours.
19 May 2009The Community Relations Council (CRC) is seeking to appoint seven members to the Council from 1 September 2009. CRC is a sponsored body of Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and is committed to leading change to end sectarianism and racism and to a shared and better future for all.
01 May 2009Two women who reached across one of Belfast’s most contentious peacelines to bring polarised communities together, today (Thursday April 30, 2009) jointly received a prestigious award for their important work.
30 April 2009Business leaders will consider the potential for improved community relations to boost Northern Ireland’s future economic prospects at a conference in Newtownabbey today (Thursday April 30, 2009).
27 April 2009Business leaders support efforts to tackle segregation
22 April 2009The North West accounts for over one third of all events in the 2009 Community Relations Week programme which features a total of 140 events across Northern Ireland. Council areas represented at the North West launch in the Guildhall included Derry City Council, Coleraine Borough Council, Moyle District Council, Strabane District Council, Limavady Borough Council and Ballymoney Borough Council.
20 April 2009Preparations for Community Relations Week got underway today (Monday April 20)
24 March 2009“The Challenge of Change”, Interface Working Group (IWG) Conference in Belfast An important conference will be held on Friday 27 March 2009 in Farset International, Belfast. This has been organised by the Community Relations Council on behalf of the Interface Working Group, made up of key interface agencies and government departments.
11 March 2009The Community Relations Council welcomes the trade union organised peace rallies held today around Northern Ireland to protest at the killings of members of the security forces carried out by republican dissidents.
10 March 2009The Community Relations Council (CRC) condemns the fatal shooting of a PSNI officer in Craigavon yesterday.
09 March 2009The Community Relations Council condemns Saturday night’s attack in Antrim, claimed by the Real IRA, which has led to the death of two soldiers and the injury of four others including two civilians.
02 March 2009A new book has been published by the Community Relations Council which aims to give those who live and work here, and those visiting or looking at us from afar, a better understanding of the tangled web of history, politics and identity that has gone in to the making of Northern Ireland today.
27 February 2009A series of important public consultation meetings will take place next week in Belfast, leading to a conference at the end of the month, on the issue of interfaces. These have been organised by the Community Relations Council on behalf of the Interface Working Group, made up of key interface agencies and government departments.
15 December 2008‘Peace is an economic issue. The drive to prosperity is not an alternative to addressing division- the two must be tackled together.’ This is one of the lessons drawn by Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, in the Council’s Annual Review which is launched today (Monday 15 December).
27 November 2008The Community Relations Council has condemned the threats issued this week against community workers and called for them to be withdrawn.
04 November 2008The Community Relations Council congratulated all those who acted to ensure that both the parade and protest on Sunday were largely peaceful and called on the government to publish its policy and strategy for good relations as a matter of urgency.
30 October 2008The Community Relations Council today underlined the importance of peaceful and responsible behaviour by all those involved in parading or protesting on Sunday 2nd November, including all spectators.
13 October 2008Small steps being taken in the community to build a shared future have been captured in a new book compiled following a public consultation. The book of 100 Small Steps produced by the One Small Step Campaign includes examples of projects, initiatives and gestures taking place in communities across Northern Ireland to heal division and break down barriers. Senator George Mitchell wrote the book’s foreword. The book will be launched on Monday 13th October 08 at 7. 30 pm in the 174 Trust, North Belfast. Copies will be provided to libraries, schools and community groups.
09 October 2008The Community Relations Council has released on to its website its Annual Report for last year (2007-08). In his foreword to the Report the new Chair of the Council, Tony McCusker, said: ‘While the Council has a wide ranging role including advising the government on all good relations matters, it is its work in support of community-based initiatives which remains at the core of building a shared society here. The list of grants awarded and projects supported is a testimony to the commitment and initiative of ordinary people in Northern Ireland in their determination to help create a better society where there is mutual respect and understanding. The Council is proud to have supported them in their work.’
30 September 2008A Certificate Award ceremony took place on Tuesday evening 30 September in Corick House, Clogher, for those involved in the Accredited Befriending Volunteer Programme.
23 July 2008CRC is dedicated to building a fair, inclusive and shared society based on the principles of equality, respect for diversity and the interdependence of us all. Our funding is designed to build trust though supporting inter-cultural and inter-community relationships and preventing and reducing tension, violence, intimidation and threat.
02 July 2008Small steps being taken in the community to build a shared future have been captured in a new book compiled following a public consultation. The book of 100 Small Steps produced by the One Small Step Campaign includes examples of projects, initiatives and gestures taking place in communities across Northern Ireland to heal division and break down barriers. Senator George Mitchell, who wrote the book’s foreword, took delivery of the first copy off the press. The book will be launched and made available to the public after the summer.
30 April 2008Anne Carr peace campaigner, receives the Community Relations Award for Exceptional Achievement from Tony McCusker, Community Relations Council Chairman.
30 April 2008As part of Community Relations Week the Community Relations Council is today (30 April) holding its annual policy conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. In the year that marks 40 years since the first civil rights marches, ten years since the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and one year since the restoration of devolution, the conference is using a good relations lens to ask what now lies ahead.
29 April 2008A special conference designed to share innovations and best practice in youth reconciliation work will take place in Belfast as part of Community Relations Week (26th April - 3rd May 2008).
28 April 2008Efforts to create a world-class Northern Ireland economy will fail if division in society is not also addressed, according to the chief executive of Northern Ireland’s Community Relations Council (CRC). Speaking to mark Community Relations Week, which includes more than 140 events across Northern Ireland this week, Dr Duncan Morrow says that improving and expanding the economy must go hand-in-hand with a major push to end intimidation and segregation.
07 March 2008The Community Relations Council has published a book based on research conducted under the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace II). Entitled ‘A Sustainable Peace?’ the publication contains articles by 12 researchers on themes covering politicians, former political prisoners, trade unions, the voluntary sector, interface conflict, truth recovery processes, and young people.
18 January 2008Produced by Westway Films for UTV, with the assistance of the Community Relations Council and Northern Ireland Screen, “Homelands to Townlands” presents some of the very personal, human stories behind the cold facts and figures of immigration.
16 January 2008‘Without a practical and detailed peace plan’, according to CRC Chief Executive Duncan Morrow, ‘the Programme for Government risks returning Northern Ireland to a culture of public denial and avoidance about sectarianism, discrimination and now racism’.
28 November 2007The Community Relations Council today announces the names of 10 new additional Council members who will be joining the existing members of its Board.
23 November 2007John Paul Lederach.John Paul Lederach is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (USA) and is a Distinguished Scholar at the Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA
29 October 2007The Community Relations Council (CRC) hosts its fourth annual Victims Conference on 29th and 30th October in Enniskillen. In attendance will be over 50 groups working with victims and survivors of the Troubles.
08 October 2007Acknowledging the conflict of the past while also working for a future based on peace and justice is the theme of a week long visit to Northern Ireland by Professor Donald Shriver, President Emeritus of Union College, New York. Drawing on his practical experience of reconciliation in post-war Germany and Japan, in the USA after the civil rights campaign, and in Rwanda and South Africa, Professor Shriver has been an influential and critical thinker about issues of public acknowledgement, remembrance and commemoration in American society.
21 September 2007The Community Relations Council was disturbed to learn that the Lisnaskea premises of the victim support group Firinne was destroyed last month in an arson attack and that this outrage has now been followed by death threats against the organisation’s co-ordinator Bernice Swift.
04 May 2007The International Fund for Ireland today launched its Community Bridges Programme with the announcement of €13 million (STG9 million) being made available to encourage community relations, reconciliation and cross border activities over the next 3 years.
03 May 2007Building Democratic Communities Together is the theme of a research report launched today by the Community Relations Council and aimed at encouraging the training of young people in democratic civic practice.
01 May 2007One of Northern Ireland’s most influential community relations activists has been rewarded for his 37-year career at the epicentre of efforts to build a shared future. Dr Derick Wilson, who began his career in 1970 as a youth worker in Sandy Row/Roden Street with the NI Community Relations Commission went on to pioneer the intellectual framework for today’s community relations activity, has today (Tuesday May 1) been presented with the Community Relations Council (CRC) annual award for exceptional contribution.
01 May 2007Macedonian expert to address Belfast event on conflict transformation
30 April 2007An event to launch a Northern Ireland Housing Executive initiative to tackle hate crime will kick off the biggest week in the community relations calendar this morning (April 30). The event at Springfarm Community House within Antrim’s Springfarm estate is the first event in Community Relations Week 2007, which includes more than 150 events across Northern Ireland.
20 April 2007The countdown to the biggest date in the community relations calendar beings today (April 20, 2007) at a showcase event for Community Relations Week. Thousands of people will participate in the programme of events between April 30 and May 6, which includes more than 150 events to highlight the vital work that goes on year round to help build a shared future.
02 April 2007A Day of Celebration was held today (2 April) at Baronscourt with participants from the victims’ sector across Northern Ireland to mark the presentation of certificates for the newly accredited Volunteer Befriending Programme.
05 February 2007The Community Relations Council has today called on all political parties in Northern Ireland to highlight good relations issues in their election manifestos.
19 December 2006The Community Relations Council has published its Annual Report for the year 2005-06. According to Duncan Morrow, the Council's Chief Executive, “While it is clear that there can be no long term sustainable reconciliation without real political decisions and agreement, the Community Relations Council's work in 2005-06 shows how much can be done in advance of such decisions.”
08 December 2006The Community Relations Council has just published the third issue of its research journal Shared Space. The journal contains five articles and a book review.
23 November 2006‘Are We Fit for the Future?’. This is the title of a major conference organised by the Community Relations Council for over 180 community and voluntary activists whose business is the building of peace in Northern Ireland.
17 November 2006The report, which was officially launched by the CRC today, investigates social exclusion amongst young adults from interface areas of Belfast, focusing on unemployment as a feature of sectarianism and the ongoing legacy of conflict.
08 November 2006The Belfast Interface Project, in partnership with the Community Relations Council (CRC), is today (Wednesday) holding a conference ‘Belfast Interface Communities: Building A Shared Future’ at the Spires Conference Centre in Belfast.
30 October 2006The Community Relations Council welcomes the launch today by the NI Housing Executive of a new mixed housing pilot project in Enniskillen.
23 October 2006The Community Relations Council (CRC) welcomes to Northern Ireland Dr Yael Danieli a clinical psychologist from New York, and an international expert in trauma treatment and prevention, who is attending a special CRC Victims and Survivors conference in Limavady this week.
04 October 2006More needs to be done to support those wishing to live in mixed communities, where Protestants, Catholics and ethnic minorities live together in relative harmony. This is one of the conclusions of a research report published today by the Institute for Conflict Research with the support of the Community Relations Council, funded under the European Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.
07 September 2006The Community Relations Council deeply regrets the sad news of the death after a brief illness of Dr James Hawthorne
05 September 2006As talks towards the restoration of devolution begin in earnest, the Community Relations Council (CRC) today calls on all parties to place the building of a Shared Future at the centre of their priorities. In the light of published government policy on ‘A Shared Future’ CRC also calls on government and all political parties to produce clear and measurable policy commitments together with the necessary resources to ensure that the vision of Sharing rather than Separation becomes the new reality.
24 May 2006Residential segregation in Northern Ireland between Protestants and Catholics has not increased for at least 15 years and probably has remained stable for an even longer period.
18 May 200636 community organisations from across Northern Ireland are set to receive a total of more than £6 million in European Union funding through the Community Relations Council (CRC). The cash, provided through the extension of Peace II funding, is intended to help promote 'reconciliation for sustainable peace'.
02 May 2006Community Relations Minister Jeff Rooker today unveiled the Government's vision for creating a shared, racism free, future for all the people of Northern Ireland.
28 April 2006One of the North West and Northern Ireland's best known and longest serving community workers has been honoured with an inaugural award for 'exceptional achievement'. Eamonn Deane, director of Londonderry community organisation the Holywell Trust, was presented with the award by the Community Relations Council (CRC) at a special event at the Junction on Derry's Bishop Street today (Friday April 28).
27 April 2006The government and the Community Relations Council will today (Thursday April 27) be presented with 90 ideas for government to consider in the implementation of its Shared Future policy.
27 April 2006The government and the Community Relations Council will today (Thursday April 27) be presented with 90 ideas for government to consider in the implementation of its Shared Future policy.
26 April 2006Guidelines to support teachers across Northern Ireland in the delivery of community relations programmes are available today.
25 April 2006The role of education and young people in building a more inclusive society for Northern Ireland will come into focus in the next few days. Community Relations Week, which began yesterday (Monday April 24), includes major events throughout the week (April 24-30) specifically looking at the role of young people and education in building a shared future.
24 April 2006Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has added his support for the work that goes on year-round to build a shared future for Northern Ireland. Mr Ahern is backing the Community Relations Council's Community Relations Week, which begins today (Monday April 24). The week, which features more than 150 events across Northern Ireland, has already received endorsement from Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Special Envoy the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Mitchell Reiss.
14 April 2006Prime Minister Tony Blair, and US special envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, have thrown their support behind the Community Relations Council's Community Relations Week.
14 March 2006The Community Relations Council continued its series of 'From Aspiration to Action' seminars in Belfast today. These seminars will begin the process of devising possible implementation steps to action the aspirations of A Shared Future, Government's Policy & Strategic Framework for Good Relations in Northern Ireland.
13 March 2006Today, Monday 13th March, the Community Relations Council's Chief Executive, Dr Duncan Morrow, launched a series of seminars in Belfast which will take forward the aspirations of A Shared Future, Government's Policy & Strategic Framework for Good Relations in Northern Ireland.
01 March 2006Victims and Survivors groups heard today of a cash boost of half a million pounds (£0.5 million) to support their befriending work. The funds are being made available by the government's Victims Unit (OFMDFM) through the Community Relations Council (CRC) to promote one-to-one support of individual victims and survivors.
20 February 2006The Northern Ireland Community Relations Council today offered a warm welcome to President Mary McAleese during her first visit to the Council's offices in Belfast. Accompanied by her husband Martin the President was received by Eamonn McCartan, Chair of the Community Relations Council, and by Duncan Morrow, its Chief Executive.
02 February 2006Belfast Exposed launches its new 2006 gallery programme with an exhibition by noted Magnum photographer Alex Webb. For the past 25 years Webb has been documenting the narrow strip of land between the United States-Mexico borders, here cultural differences between the two countries are blurred and an atmosphere of transience and crossings dominates.
14 December 2005The Community Relations Council is pleased to announce its decisions on the award of £3.6 million of grants under the EU Peace II extension programme.
22 November 2005A series of four half hour documentaries looking at the new cultures in Northern Ireland.
16 November 2005The Live Issues conference, held at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry,sought to challenge the perception that 'the other' community getseverything when it comes to funding and resources.
13 October 2005The Community Relations Council has published a new research journal on peace, conflict and community relations in Northern Ireland. Called Shared Space the journal aims to publish articles based on current and recent academic research which will add to the process of learning to deal with conflict in a divided society
20 May 2005The Community Relations Council (CRC) is pleased to announce the launch of 'Beyond Sectarianism?: The Churches and Ten Years of the Peace Process', volume 1 of the 'Learning from Peace ll' Project.
21 March 2005The Community Relations Council (CRC) welcomes the publication and announcement today of 'A Shared Future', the Government's Policy and Strategic Framework for Good Relations in Northern Ireland.
10 March 2005Yong people are more optimistic about community relations, despite the increasing polarisation of politics in Northern Ireland in the last 18 months, a major research report revealed today (Thursday 10th March 2005).
07 March 2005Thousands of people across Northern Ireland are today (Monday 7th March) set to engage in a major assault on sectarianism and racism during the biggest week in the community relations calendar. Community Relations Week, organised by the Community Relations Council (CRC), will feature over 150 events across Northern Ireland this week (7-13 March).
07 March 2005One of the clichés of the last ten years in Northern Ireland is that the peace process is stronger and deeper than the political process. At the very least, this has to mean that the failure of politics to produce agreement on a shared constitution does not mean that there is an appetite for violence and killing, bombing and shooting as a way to resolve disputes. Even without political agreement on a way forward, there is nearly unanimous agreement that we must not go back. Despite years of polarisation and segregation, the bottom line is that there really is no alternative to sharing the future together.
07 March 2005On March 8, the U.S. Consulate and the Community Relations Council will co-host an informal discussion at the Consulate offices with the five major political parties and a wide variety of civic leaders on how to move forward toward a "shared future." The event is part of "Community Relations Week," which runs from March 7-13 with events across Northern Ireland.
07 March 2005The Community Relations Council, with funding support from the Victims Unit, has organised a residential conference for 7th and 8th of March 2005 for groups working with victims and survivors of the NI Troubles. This conference entitled ”Serving Victims, Serving the Community” is aimed at providing space for funded groups to focus on the current issues that affect them in Northern Ireland and gives them an opportunity to reflect on their work and network with other groups. The conference is taking place at Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick.
16 November 2004
29 September 2004The publication, A Good Relations Framework- an approach to the development of good relations, will be launched by the Community Relations Council at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday 29 September 2004.
28 May 2004
05 November 2003Launching the Community Relations Council's Annual Report for 2002-03 Dr Morrow paid tribute to the work that was currently being done to build a more peaceful society in Northern Ireland, but warned that 'reconciliation is a long slow process, not a single event.'
04 November 2003The Community Relations Council recognises that racism is as big a problem as sectarianism in Northern Ireland and supports the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Irish Business and Employers' Confederation, the Construction Industry Federation and the Equality Authority in their Anti-Racist Workplace Week campaign. The week runs from November 4th - 8th 2002.
21 October 2003The Community Relations Council is hosting a major conference tomorrow (Wednesday 22 October) on peacebuilding for community relations activists in Northern Ireland. The guest speaker is the renowned international expert on conciliation and mediation, John Paul Lederach.
19 May 2003The Community Relations Council has organised a public consultation meeting to encourage voluntary and community groups to respond to the Government's proposals on improving relations in Northern Ireland . The meeting is taking place on Tuesday 20 May at the Fitzwilliam International Hotel at the Belfast International Airport .
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11 October 2001
20 September 2001
29 August 2001
24 May 2001Getting Beyond Niceness
08 May 2001
01 March 2001Cultural Diversity Research Awards 2001
09 February 2001Churches Working Together
01 February 2001Building a Shared Future: Community Relations Week
18 December 2000Launch of Multi-Faith Wallchart 2001
09 November 2000Community Relations Report
31 August 2000Impact of European Peace Funding Community relations work: not easy but necessary
30 August 2000Celebrating Diversity
14 June 2000Learning from the Peace Process
18 May 2000Cultural Diversity Fellowships
23 February 2000Airport Prayer Room
28 January 2000Defining Identity
20 December 1999Launch of Multi-Faith Calendar 2000
09 December 2013The Community Relations Council is undertaking a review of funding for Victims and Survivors Groups. The Review Group includes representation from the Victims Unit, OFMDFM and the Commission for Victims & Survivors, Community Relations Council members and members of the Core Funding Committee (Victims + Survivors).
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