11/02/2013 - Launch of Lifford and Killea Community Gardens

Press Release

Launch of Lifford and Killea Community Gardens

Date: Saturday 16th February 2013
Time: 12 noon
Venue: RehabCare Centre, Finn Valley Enterprise Park, Lifford, Co. Donegal


The Lifford and Killea Community Gardens, which are supported by the Border Villages Social Integration Project, will be launched by the Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Frank Mc Brearty on Saturday 16th February 2013 at 12 noon in the RehabCare Centre, Finn Valley Enterprise Park, Lifford. This project is being led by Donegal County Council under the auspices of the Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership.

The project is supported by the Special European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, through the EU programme for Peace and Reconciliation and is managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.

Analysis was carried out on each settlement along the Border taking into account the latest statistics from census 2011 and the reports from the Town Plans adopted since 2004. This analysis highlighted the need for greater social integration in border towns & villages in Donegal.

The Community Gardens will be a valuable tool for bringing people together of different communities, abilities, ages, and cultures and will facilitate a more cohesive society between the new residents and the local communities of Lifford and Killea and their surrounding areas.

Speaking ahead of the launch the Mayor commented:

“As well as providing a neutral shared space for participants, where friendships and social cohesion develops promoting a community atmosphere, community gardens also have numerous benefits to those who participate, such as improved life quality, personal satisfaction and enjoyment, and an improved sense of well being including real health and fitness benefits”.

Further details about the Border Villages Social Integration Project can be found through the Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership’s webpages at www.donegalcdb.ie/peaceiii/ or by contacting Brian Mc Aleer, Project Officer, at bmcaleer@donegalcoco.ie or on (074) 91 53900.

This project is supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, through the EU programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.

Notes to the Editor:

(ii) Border Villages Social Integration Project

The Border Villages Social Integration Project is funded by the Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnership and aims to provide a

‘Programme of interventions to facilitate greater social integration in border towns & villages in Donegal so as to promote greater cohesion between the ‘new’ residents and the local communities’.

The analysis which was carried out along the border captured the latest statistics from census 2011 and the reports from the Town Plans adopted since 2004.

The project has concentrated on six cluster areas comprising of the border settlements including:
• Muff
• Bridgend & Burnfoot
• Newtowncunningham & Manorcunningham
• St. Johnston & Carrigans / Killea
• Lifford / Ballindrait / Raphoe
• Castlefin / Doneyloop / Liscooley & Killygordon

This is based on the rapid growth of these villages over the past decade. The 2011 census shows a 9.4% population increase in Donegal since 2006. Analysis of the District Electoral Divisions in the border area show double this at 18%.
The Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnership recognised this issue and as a follow on to the PEACE II - funded town plans they wished to address the issue of integration in this area.
As a result the Donegal PEACE III Action Plan 2011 – 2013 included this action in the plan.
(ii) Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership

Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership’s role is to implement Priority 1.1: Building
Positive Relations at the Local Level of the PEACE III programme in Donegal. They are doing this by developing and delivering the Donegal PEACE III Action Plan 2008 -2013 to raise awareness of the diverse cultures that exist in Donegal and challenging attitudes relating to sectarianism and racism. The Border Villages Social Integration Project is an action set down in this plan, being delivered by Donegal County Council on behalf of the Partnership.

The programme delivered €4.7 million to Donegal in Phase I and a further €4.7 million is currently being rolled out in Phase II of the programme.

(iii) PEACE III

The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the
Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IV designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.

The PEACE III Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.

For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu