20 civil and public servants from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland took part in the opening session of the first ever North/South civil and public service training programme in Newry on 13 January 2005.
The programme is organised by a partnership made up of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Northern Ireland’s principal public sector training body) and Co-operation Ireland. It is funded by the EU Peace and Reconciliation Programme.
It will consist of four day-long courses on North/South co-operation in the public and NGO sectors, North/South public finance and governance issues, North/South economic and business co-operation, and cross-border co-operation at local authority and community level. The programme will take place between January and April, and will be repeated between April and June.
Among the lecturers are Sir George Quigley, chairman of Short Brothers (Bombardier Aerospace Group); Greg McConnell, head of the Northern Ireland Review of Public Administration; Tim O’Connor and Dr Peter Smyth, Joint Secretaries of the North/South Ministerial Council; Fermanagh businessman and former GAA president Peter Quinn; the chief executives of InterTradeIreland and the Special EU Programmes Body, Liam Nellis and Pat Colgan; and the directors of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council and the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland, Dr Duncan Morrow and Avila Kilmurray.
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