The 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.
Duncan Morrow, CRC’s Chief Executive, said:
“The responses to the public consultation were extensive and reflect a wide spectrum of people across society including community organisations and key agencies with an interest in inter-community relations work. We hope that the responses will add value to the work of OFMDFM and the inter-party committee which is currently meeting to revise the CSI proposals, and that the committee will draw encouragement from the degree of interest and enthusiasm for real change in the wider community. Many of the submissions underline the important role of leadership from politics and the community in tackling sectarianism, racism and all forms of hate.”
“The new draft proposals could provide that direction, with a strong vision and agreed targets. The CSI review offers a real chance to build on agreement on political institutions and secure a lasting peace in a shared society. ”