RCN’s Chair John Waddell and Director Kate Clifford commended the Community Relations Council for its support to RCN and the peace process over the last 30 years as part of Good Relations Week 2020.
Churches and faith based organisations…their role in peace building in rural communities
This is one of a series of research/discussion papers which highlight the experience and learning from the activities of the Rural Enabler Programme 2010-2013. This paper highlights the work with churches and faith based organisations in peace building in rural communities
A community conversation on Flags and Emblems across Northern Ireland
Contested Spaces in Urban, Rural and Cross Border Settings.
A report commissioned by Community Relations Council and Rural Community Network
This publication is the culmination of a series of research papers carried out jointly by the Community Relations Council and Rural Community Network in 2006. It provides a rural lens on issues of segregation, exclusion, sectarianism and racism and explores how these manifest differently in rural communities. The publication also includes a series of recommendations that provide a framework by which to develop solutions.
The thematic areas explored include: Community Development and Community Relations Flags and Emblems Housing Interfaces Race and Ethnicity Children and Young People and Rural Institutions.
This report is the third and final one in a series which sought to document the experiences of minority communities in rural Northern Ireland. Co Fermanagh was selected as the research area and the research set out to provide an insight into how ethnic minority communities experience life in Northern Ireland and how the majority community receives and treats minorities in its midst. The report does not attempt to comprehensively represent in any way the stories or lives of any of the communities interviewed.
One of a number of policy discussion documents prepared for Rural Community Network by Dr Sally Shortall of Queen&rsquos University. Women&rsquos opportunities for participation and recognition in rural Northern Ireland, in decision making, in rural development and farming, are well below many of our European counterparts. This paper provides an illustration of the reality that in some societies, it is the least powerful who experience the consequences of unbalanced policy initiatives.
Sean Lester lived through a tumultuous period in the history of Ireland, which shaped his political outlook. His story is one that opens up questions about complex political identities which continue to have an impact today. Addressing issues around co-operation and inclusion, ultimately Lester’s story is a positive one of perseverance and hope. Find out more about Sean Lester by visiting Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s website following the link below
Rural Community Network brought rural practitioners together to discuss issues, challenges working across rural Northern Ireland in peace building, but also looking at solutions and the possibility of networking and partnership working going forward.