Friday 22 March, Dundalk
Led by the Centre for Cross Border Studies the “Bringing the Agreement Home” project has offered an accessible review of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and subsequent related agreements, informing and engaging community organisations in Northern Ireland and Ireland on the provisions of the agreements and the institutions and bodies they created through a series of workshops and an “All-Island Conversation”. The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement has become a core issue in the negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, with all the main negotiating parties expressing their desire to avoid undermining it as a result of Brexit.
The series of workshops held through out the island of Ireland as part of the “Bringing the Agreement Home” project has given community organisations the chance to have their say on the Agreement and on the areas which they feel have been of particular success or which areas have been neglected in the 20 years since its formation. The All Island dialogue which took place in Dundalk gave Deputy Director Anthony Soares the chance to highlight the areas of concern which had been highlighted in the recent series of workshops and allow participants to further discuss and to comment on these. The two small groups discussions which took place allowed for lively debate and commentary between participants at each table and this was followed by a lively discussion between the entire audience. Deputy Director Soares concluded the event by thanking everyone for their participation and explaining that the views gathered from the community organisations participating in the workshops and “All-Island Conversation” will form part of a report to be brought to the attention of relevant Irish and UK Government Ministers and to the Northern Ireland Executive (dependent on its restoration), political representatives in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, as well as a range of Parliamentary Committees.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Anthony Soares, Deputy Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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