July 1, 2005

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern to present certificates at North/South Public Sector Training Programme

Module 4: Cross-Border Co-operation at NGO, Local Authority and Community Level
1 July 2005
Fairways Hotel, Dundalk

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Mr Ahern congratulated both the participants and the organisers, noting that there were now over 700 civil and public servants in the North/South co-operation field and calling the training programme “an example of cross-border co-operation working at its best”. A message of support was also received from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Peter Hain MP.

The training course, which was funded by the EU Peace Programme, was organised by a partnership made up of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Co-operation Ireland.

The next course will take place in January 2006. For further details contact Steve Mungavin at CIPFA or Andy Pollak at the Centre for Cross Border Studies.

The programme for the final day was as follows:

2.30 pm
Scene-setter: The role of NGOs in North/South Co-operation on the island of Ireland

Presenters: Helen Johnston, Director, Combat Poverty Agency, and Tony Kennedy, Chief Executive, Co-operation Ireland.

Co-operation among border region local authorities

Presenter: Kate Burns, Chief Executive, Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN);

Co-operation between public health bodies

Presenter: Dr Jane Wilde, Director, Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Cross-border co-operation to tackle social exclusion

Presenter: Paddy McGinn, Joint Manager, Area Development Management/Combat Poverty Agency, Monaghan

Two examples of good practice in cross-border co-operation in the local authority and community development areas, followed by discussion.

Presenters: Liam Hannaway, Director of Development, Banbridge District Council; George Newell on the Ballymacarrett/Ballybofey arts and culture project.

Dinner followed by presentation of certificates and awards by the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern TD

Every participant on the North/South and Cross-Border Public Sector Training Programme was linked with a cross-border partner to undertake a joint assignment.

The winning assignment of the second series was ‘All-Island Service for the Recycling of Waste Fridges and Freezers – a tangible dividend of North/South co-operation?’ by Rosaleen Keane, North/South Unit, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Colm O’Hare, North/South Ministerial Council, Joint Secretariat.

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