By Colin Knox, Padraic Quirk
This booklet examines the position performed by way of one very important exterior stakeholder, Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited-life starting place, in assisting to construct peace and advertise reconciliation in Northern eire. Northern eire is now often called a post-conflict society mostly as a result of absence of political violence and comparatively solid political associations. those are helpful yet inadequate stipulations for what Galtung has defined as ‘positive peace’, which calls for a extra basic evaluate of the structural inequalities that contributed to the clash within the first position. utilizing certain case reviews the authors illustrate the position performed by way of voluntary and group zone teams, funded through Atlantic Philanthropies, in influencing the general public coverage time table and securing long-term systemic adjustments. in addition they critique the paintings of Atlantic as a ‘pay to play’ association whose unique venture moved from investment the better schooling quarter at the island of eire to turn into a key starting place with an important function within the peace process.
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Moriarty 2013: 4) The Director of the HET stood down and, under pressure to cut its budget (in line with other public bodies), the PSNI moved to close the Historical Enquiries Team although claiming it would continue to meet its legislative responsibilities with regards to the past, including setting up fresh investigations where new and compelling evidence emerged. The police service has claimed that it continues to shoulder the burden of a broader failure to deal with the past. This process goes back to the Eames/Bradley consultation in 2007, the Haass/O’Sullivan talks2 and now awaits the outcome of the Stormont House Agreement (2014).
NI politicians launched the consultation document Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration, which set out the Northern Ireland Executive’s vision for the future by challenging the assumption that division and segregation is a ‘normal’ pattern of living (Knox 2011). The Executive listed a number of ‘themes for action’. These included: • Ensuring that good relations considerations are embedded within all government policy making. • Reducing and eventually eliminating segregated services. • Addressing interfaces and encouraging shared neighbourhoods.
What has happened to date has been a piecemeal approach, consisting of: individual enquiries (such as the Saville Enquiry (2010) on ‘Bloody Sunday’, which exonerated 14 marchers shot dead by British soldiers at a civil rights demonstration in (London)Derry in 1972); the publication of a controversial report titled Consultative Group on the Past (Eames and Bradley 2009); and ongoing work by the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team (see further discussions below) and the Police Ombudsman’s Office. INTRODUCTION: PEACEBUILDING 25 There is a degree of cynicism about the call for, and support given to, any proposed truth commission.